The Cucapah Community of Mexicali
Join us as we meet The Cucapah Community Leadership on March 19th, 2016 on our second scouting mission for the Sea to Sea Walk. The Cucapah are the main landowners of the dry lake bed known as Laguna Salada basin, (350,000 acres of land, deeded in 1973) in between the Sea of Cortez and the Salton Sea. We will be escorting a group of regional leaders and policy makers to meet the people who want to help save the Salton Sea and fill the Laguna Salada basin, cover 250,000 acres of dry lakebeds, and avoid around $50.0 billion in dust related medical and environmental costs by importing and sharing 2.0 million acre feet of ocean water from the Sea of Cortez.
The Salton Sea is over 200 feet below sea-level and geographically close the Sea of Cortez. These critical factors make sharing ocean water across borders possible and benefits long-term sustainable solutions for dust mitigation, salt water farming, fishing, power generation, new water creation, wetland habitat and recreation in Mexico and the United States.
The existing Coyote Canal can provide a direct path for ocean water, from the Sea of Cortez, to replenish both the Salton Sea and Laguna Salada as seen in the picture and video below.
Better strides than ever before are being undertaken by the State, Imperial and Riverside counties, and Imperial Irrigation District with the help of private-public partnerships. Wetland habitat restoration, renewable energy initiatives and air quality monitoring programs have been launched and are an excellent first step. Still though, with impending transfers, this region will need more water in the long-term to maintain the Salton Sea, local agriculture, healthy communities and a thriving environment in order for future generations to flourish.
Mr. Gary Jennings is our Mexico contact for the expedition, and has been one of the most outspoken leaders for this concept, while working closely with the Cucapah to come to comprehensive solutions that will benefit both United States and Mexico while restoring the Salton Sea. More information about his background can be found here: www.GJennings.com
We hope you can be a part of change as we work together for an everlasting sustainable and prosperous Salton Sea. We will be meeting at 7:30am, March 19th at the “Save Our Sea!” Headquarters in Salton City, California. We will be meeting with Cucapah leaders for lunch. Professional expedition transportation will be provided.
RSVP’s Required by no later than Friday, March 11th but sooner is appreciated.