From Dust to Pupfish: Salton Sea Species Conservation Habitat Project Breaks Ground

Department of Water Resources

Last week a fleet of bulldozers and other heavy equipment began the enormous task of moving roughly 5 million cubic yards of soil around a 4,110-acre area of dry lakebed at the southern end of the Salton Sea as part of the Species Conservation Habitat Project. The Species Conservation Habitat project is the first step toward achieving DWR’s Salton Sea Management Program’s goal of creating thousands of acres of new wildlife habitat and reducing windblown toxic dust.

“The Salton Sea is a very important stopover for millions of birds on the Pacific Flyway and after 10 years of planning we’re finally breaking ground on this major habitat restoration project,” said Vivien Maisonneuve, DWR program manager and project lead. “This is the first time that we’re building this kind of habitat, especially in this very challenging environment.”

The Salton Sea Management Program aims to construct nearly 47 square miles of habitat and dust suppression projects around the Sea by 2028. “We still have a long way to go, but this is an important first step,” said Maisonneuve.

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