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Integrated Water Management Plan

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A review of the Salton Sea Authority's Preferred Project Concept for Rehabilitating the Salton Sea

The USGS Salton Sea Science Office convened an experts workshop, from November 15-17 in Riverside, California, to evaluate a Salton Sea rehabilitation proposal known as the Integrated Water Management Plan (IWMP) (also known as the ‘North Lake Plan’). Salton Sea Restoration: Preferred Project Report (Salton Sea Authority 2004) describes the IWMP and provided the basis for this evaluation. As described further in the following, the IWMP would build a causeway across the middle of the current Salton Sea, creating a smaller north lake that discharges into a proposed 20,000 acres of shallow-water wetlands in the southern portion of the Sea, and a terminal brine pool, as well as various treatment wetlands.

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