William Green, LS Senior VP, RBF/Michael Baker
Mark R. Norton, PE, LEED AP SAWPA
Dr. Timothy Krantz Chair, Environmental Studies Program, University of Redlands & Salton Sea Database Program Manager
Salton Sea Restoration and Planning Efforts
The Salton Sea may seem far away from Orange County, but its impact may be closer to us than you might think! Located in the southeastern corner of California in Imperial County (about 150 miles from Orange County), the Salton Sea is the largest lake in the entire state of California and it is in trouble! The Sea is threatened by the potential for significant lake level reductions from proposed changes to historic agricultural and New River inflows. These reductions are due to the proposed transfer of water from the Imperial Valley to the City of San Diego and the possible reclamation of New River water by Mexico. Should these inflow reductions occur without any replacement inflows, the Salton Sea’s water level could drop by over 16 feet, exposing almost 70 square miles of sediments. These sediments would then be exposed to the atmosphere, which have the potential to create an environmental disaster akin to Owens Valley, significantly affecting air quality within the Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. Reduction in the Salton Sea level would also threaten the multitude of endangered wildlife that rely upon the Salton Sea for their existence, due to the increased salinity that would accompany the Salton Sea level decline. The environmental and economic impact would be felt by all of California, but most acutely by Southern California, including Orange County.
About the speakers:
William L. Green, LS
William “Bill” Green is a Licensed Land Surveyor in Arizona and California, a Principal/Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for RBF Consulting. Mr. Green’s position as Regional Manager and former Palm Desert and Temecula office manager for over 25 years provides fiscal insight to the challenges in “Addressing the Salton Sea Restoration Project.” Mr. Green currently serves as the 2011-2013 National Director for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of California and is a member of the California Land Surveyors Association. Mr. Green is a past Board Member of the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region.
Mark R. Norton PE, LEED AP
Mr. Norton holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Public Administration. He is a registered civil engineer in California and Colorado, and LEED certified.
With over 30 years of engineering experience, Mr. Norton serves as the Water Resources and Planning Manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA), a joint powers agency organized to support water resources in the Santa Ana River Watershed. Mr. Norton also serves as the Authority Administrator for the Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority (LESJWA), His titles include Past President of the Inland Empire Council of Engineers and Scientists, Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Bernardino/Riverside Branch and Los Angeles Section, 2004-2005 ASCE Civil Engineer of the Year, and currently serve as chair of the ASCE Region 9 Water & Environment Committee.
Timothy Paul Krantz, Ph.D.
Dr. Krantz brings over 30 years of professional experience in environmental assessment and land use planning to the project, combining experience in both private and public sector, academia, and environmental engineering. At the University of Redlands, Dr. Krantz is Chair of the Environmental Studies Program, and is the Salton Sea Database Program Director− a $4.7 million geographic information system (GIS) database comprising the most authoritative GIS information clearinghouse for the region. Dr Krantz holds a PhD in Geography from UC Berkeley.
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