Riverside County has a plan to revitalize the Salton Sea — and to pay for it

Desert Sun –

Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez on Thursday proposed a $400 million plan to build a horseshoe-shaped lake on the north side of the Salton Sea — and to pay for it using a tax district and a new bond issue subject to voter approval.

The proposal calls for a 4,200-acre lake, roughly double the size of Big Bear Lake. It would be built by erecting a berm following the contours of the Salton Sea’s shores and would preserve the lake’s existing shoreline in Riverside County.

“This recreational lake will transform this area into a destination with hotels, restaurants and homes along the shoreline, provide environmental benefits and spark the growth of recreation, tourism and development,” Perez said as he launched the plan at the Southern California Energy + Water + Green Living Summit in Rancho Mirage.

County officials have previously raised the idea of building a northern lake to preserve the shoreline and to pay for it using local tax revenues.

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