Report 2013-101 Recommendation 7 Responses

Report 2013-101: Salton Sea Restoration Fund: The State Has Not Fully Funded a Restoration Plan and the State's Future Mitigation Costs Are Uncertain (Release Date: November 2013)

Recommendation #7 To: Natural Resources Agency, California

To ensure that the Legislature has the information necessary to meet the State's restoration goals and to plan for the State's future financial obligations related to mitigation, the Resources Agency should work with Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources to meet with the Legislature regularly to provide updates on the status of its restoration efforts and the feasibility study to ensure that the Legislature has the information necessary to make funding and other informed decisions.

Agency Response*

The Governor formed the Salton Sea Task Force in the Budget May Revision of 2015 to identify short, medium and long term goals for the Salton Sea. The Task Force has been meeting with stakeholders and Legislators since that time on restoration and planning efforts including the Feasibility Study. Staff from the Natural Resources Agency has been updating legislative staff directly of these discussions as they progress.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Completion Date: September 2015
  • Response Date: October 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

We will continue to report this recommendation as partially implemented until the feasibility study is complete.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

Agency Response*

The Governor formed the Salton Sea Task Force in the Budget May Revision of 2015 to identify short, medium and long term goals for the Salton Sea. The Task Force has been meeting with stakeholders and Legislators since that time on restoration and planning efforts including the Feasibility Study. Staff from the Natural Resources Agency has been updating legislative staff directly of these discussions as they progress.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Completion Date: September 2015
  • Response Date: September 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

We will continue to report this recommendation as partially implemented until the feasibility study is complete.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

Agency Response*

Natural Resources Agency and Salton Sea Authority staff continue to meet with legislative staff to discuss progress on the Salton Sea Funding and Feasibility Review currently underway by the Authority. It will be important to continue to involve legislative staff in this process until the anticipated completion date of the study in May, 2016.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: May 2016
  • Response Date: November 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


Agency Response*

Agency staff met with Budget Committee staff regarding proposed funding for implementation of the Habitat Projects in the 2014/15 budget. Staff were informed that the timeline for construction of the Habitat Ponds did not line up with proposed staffing proposals and the proposal was withdrawn. Staff will continue to be met with and updated on progress of activities at the Sea moving forward.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Completion Date: March 2014
  • Response Date: June 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

Agency Response*

Communication on the progress of restoration projects has been ongoing and the Resources Agency anticipates discussing the feasibility study with the Legislature one scoping is in a more complete state. The last time stakeholders and legislative staff were briefed on both the study and restoration projects was in December 10 and 11, 2013. At that time, the Natural Resources Agency, Department of Water Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife met with stakeholders, including legislative staff, at the Salton Sea during a roundtable discussion and tour hosted by the Imperial Irrigation District. At the stakeholder meeting, staff provided updates on state led projects, state funded projects led by locals and the feasability study. This meeting was preceeded by a tour of the different project sites and the sea at large. The Resources Agency plans on updating the Legislature quarterly or more if requested or events require.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: ongoing
  • Response Date: February 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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