Governing Bodies

The QSA JPA’s governing body is the Commission, which has a designated representative and alternate from each of the four QSA JPA agencies. The Commission holds quarterly meetings that include financial updates, implementation updates, and annual budget review and adoption.

Charlton Bonham, Director California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Commissioner
Arturo Delgado, Assistant Secretary in Charge of Salton Sea Policy, California Natural Resources Agency
Alternate Commissioner
Roles & Responsibilities:

The state chairs all QSA JPA meetings.

Henry Martinez, General Manager
Commissioner
Tina Shields, Water Department Manager
Alternate Commissioner
Roles & Responsibilities:

Develops the budget in coordination with the Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation Team (IT), which consists of representatives from CDFW, IID, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and implements the mitigation program.

Dan Denham, Deputy General Manager
Commissioner
Kelly Rodgers, Director of the Colorado River Program
Alternate Commissioner
Alexi Schnell, Principal Water Resources Specialist with the Colorado River Program
QSA JPA Chief Administrative Officer
Roles & Responsibilities:

Serves as the administrative and financial arm of the QSA JPA, which includes scheduling and preparing materials for quarterly meetings, managing funds and expenses, and compiling the QSA JPA annual budget for the Commission’s consideration. 

Jim Barrett, General Manager
Commissioner
Robert Cheng, Assistant General Manager
Alternate Commissioner
Jeff Ferre, QSA JPA legal counsel
Representing Firm: Best Best & Krieger
Roles & Responsibilities:

Serves as lead counsel for the QSA JPA.

Funding Responsibilities

Under QSA-related legislation (specifically SB 654), the three water agencies, IID, SDCWA, and CVWD, have a responsibility to fund environmental mitigation related to the QSA up to $133 million in 2003 dollars. Additionally, the three water agencies have paid $30 million in 2003 dollars as seed money for the state’s restoration program. The $30 million was provided to CDFW as part of the Salton Sea Restoration Fund. That funding, together with the $133 million, cap the three water agencies’ financial obligations and liabilities for environmental mitigation and restoration as part of the QSA. 

The state has a responsibility under the QSA-related legislation to fund mitigation costs that exceed $133 million and a responsibility to address the larger issue of restoration at the Salton Sea. 

Mitigation Projects

Key projects completed or ongoing through 2021 at the Salton Sea include:

For the first fifteen years, the QSA JPA funding focused on providing mitigation water to the Salton Sea through an annual fallowing program implemented in the Imperial Valley
Annual shoreline monitoring of the Salton Sea
Annual emissions estimate and proactive dust control plan
Installation of 360° cameras at Anza Borrego, Vail Cutoff Drain, Red Hill, and Bombay Beach
Installation of stationary cameras on IID air stations
Installation of mobile meteorological stations within the Anza Borrego Desert and at proactive dust control project locations
Construction of 2,684 acres of proactive dust control projects, including 1,954 acres of surface roughening and 730 acres of vegetation enhancement around the Salton Sea
Planning for an additional 7,000 acres of proactive dust control projects on high priority playa, including a groundwater test well for vegetation enhancement near Salton City

Additional mitigation projects completed or in development in the Imperial Valley include:

Ongoing desert pupfish monitoring and conservation program
Ongoing burrowing owl conservation program
Annual marsh bird surveys and selenium monitoring within phases 1 and 2 of the managed marsh complex
Construction of phase 3 and completion of the managed marsh complex
Selenium monitoring program within IID drains
Annual seepage recovery vegetation monitoring
Annual southwestern willow flycatcher monitoring
Public Outreach and Education Program, including a third grade focused Design-An-Ad program with Imperial Valley schools and IV Alive! Magazine
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