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Authority to review lab report

June 19, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

The Salton Sea Authority Board of Directors on Thursday will discuss a report by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories regarding the state's efforts to reduce its reliance on water from the Colorado River and suggestions on how to save the Salton Sea.

The authority board will meet at 10 a.m. in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 50 Desert Shores Drive in Desert Shores.

The laboratory's six-page report on saving the sea states immediate steps should be taken to supply it with seepage from the All-American and Coachella canals; control salinity in the sea by pumping water to evaporation ponds to mitigate the impacts of water-conservation efforts associated with the Imperial Irrigation District/San Diego County Water Authority water transfer, as is being tested; line the All-American and Coachella canals as quickly as possible to make the recovered water available for beneficial usage; conduct an evaluation of Salton Sea desalination using geothermal energy and develop mitigation measures for airborne dust as the sea's shoreline recedes due to the transfer.

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Also on the agenda are updates on the solar evaporation ponds tests and the state Water Resources Control Board hearings of the transfer petition.

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