How do we get rid of the phosphorous already residing in the sea? That is part of the Salton Sea Restoration Act so it doesn't affect this group. I'll let you know when I find out, though!
There are models being developed to demonstrate to the best knowledge of the researchers how limiting phosphorous at a range of levels would affect the Salton Sea. Hopefully these models will be something the committee can agree upon and hopefully they will be ready in time for the committee to use in their decision-making process for this numeric target. Both the fact that a numeric target is required for this phosphorous TMDL and the fact that we have to set it by October were disputed at this meeting. Teresa Newkirk of the Regional Water Quality Control Board said these issues would be extremely difficult to change.
At the next couple TAC meetings, people from all sides of the spectrum regarding phosphorous activity in the sea will be giving presentations.
The next meeting will be March 22 at the regional board offices in La Quinta. The April meeting again will be in the Imperial Valley again. Anyone interested in this issue or with any information or knowledge that may be pertinent to this committee is welcome to attend these meetings.
Also coming up is the Citizen Water Quality Monitoring workshop at 9 a.m. March 22 at the Farm Bureau. The regional board is providing the Farm Bureau with nine meters to check out to farmers to test their drain water. If you are interested as a grower in finding out the amount of sediment in your tail water to determine if you have a silt problem, the extent of the problem and if the best management practices you are implementing are working, you should attend this training to learn how to properly use these meters. The class is limited in size so please let the Farm Bureau know as soon as possible if you are interested in attending.
Please contact Nicole at the Farm Bureau at 352-3831 if you have any questions about these meetings or if you are interested in joining the voluntary TMDL compliance program.