The Salton Sea Authority
(SSA) was formed to work with California state agencies, federal agencies and the Republic of Mexico to develop programs that would continue beneficial use of the Salton Sea. A joint powers agency chartered by the State of California by a Joint Powers Agreement on June 2, 1993, the SSA was created to ensure beneficial uses of the Salton Sea and is comprised of the following cooperating agencies: Coachella Valley Water District, Imperial Irrigation District, Riverside County, Imperial County and the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. A number of federal, state and tribal agencies are ex-officio members of the SSA.
Key planning and coordination efforts to chart out county policies and plans for renewable energy development within the Salton Sea region will be conducted by the County in close coordination with the Salton Sea Authority. The SSA will provide technical expertise related to planning, engineering and other technical work performed or in-progress to address the Salton Sea region to ensure work efforts are directed to the most suitable and needed lines of inquiry. With its history of cooperation with a number of federal and state partners, including the Bureau of Reclamation, EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, California Resources Agency, and many others, the SSA will also provide valuable coordination and contact opportunities between the various entities with whom the County will be seeking to coordinate its renewable energy development planning efforts for the region. In addition, the SSA has also engaged a number of independent contractors to assist in technical and engineering work needed for the region. The close coordination the SSA provides will ensure that work efforts are focused where most needed and do not duplicate others’ efforts. As a separate agency, none of the SSA's work efforts will be funded by the County’s CEC eRED grant.