Wetlands envisioned to clean lake water

February 19, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Two new series of wetlands intended to help clean up water flowing from Wiest Lake and Sunbeam Lake into the Salton Sea are envisioned if a partnership between the county and Desert Wildlife Unlimited Inc. is approved by the county Board of Supervisors and if grant moneys can be obtained.

The board will be asked on Tuesday to approve the partnership and a $636,267.50 state Water Resources Control Board nonpoint source implementation grant request for the projects.

The board meets in open session at 9:30 a.m. at the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro.

The county would have to provide $112,282.50 in matching funds that a staff report states would come from a federal grant the county has. The total would be $748,550.

"The primary objective of the project proposes to treat recreational tailwater from both lakes per wetlands and to divert the reclaimed water into the New and Alamo rivers for discharge into the Salton Sea," the staff report states.


The lakes are provided with water from the Colorado River. Wiest Lake is about five miles northeast of Brawley. Sunbeam Lake is about four miles west of El Centro.

In other business, the board:

l is scheduled to receive an update on efforts of the county's dairy attraction committee to bring new dairies to the Imperial Valley;

l will be presented with the Imperial County Cooperative Extension annual report for 1999-2000;

l will be asked to accept and approve an audit of the County Administrative Office for July 1, 1998, through June 30, 1999. The audit concludes: "In our opinion, the results of our test indicate that, with respect to the items tested, the Imperial County Administrative Office complied, in all material respects with the provisions outlined above."

The audit was conducted by the county Auditor-Controller's Office.

Postponed from the agenda for one week was the ongoing discussion of possibly changing the board's weekly meetings to every other week.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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