The Regional Water Quality Control Board has convened a technical advisory committee to begin the process of developing a nutrient total maximum daily load for the Salton Sea.
The first meeting of the Salton Sea nutrient TMDL technical advisory committee was held Nov. 28 at the regional board headquarters in Palm Desert. The committee was organized by the regional board for the purpose of obtaining stakeholder input as the nutrient TMDL for the Salton Sea is developed.
The responsibilities of the committee include identifying and consulting with expert resources, providing scientific evaluation, providing recommendations and shaping the components of the TMDL. Regional board staff stressed, however, that the regional board has final authority and is ultimately responsible for the TMDL. The regional board plans to adopt a nutrient TMDL for the Salton Sea by November 2004.
During the meeting, committee members noted that although about 85 percent of the sea's inflows are attributable to the Imperial Valley, only a few advisory committee members represent this area. The committee voted to allow one additional farm representative from the Northend of the Imperial Valley as well as an additional municipal representative. These representatives have not been selected at this time.