Benoit Invites Federal Government to Join Salton Sea Authority
CALIPATRIA – Supervisor John J. Benoit today extended an invitation for U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to join the Salton Sea Authority.
He was encouraged by the Secretary’s positive reception and promise of short term help and exploration of long term federal involvement in the governance of the Salton Sea Authority.
“Secretary Salazar expressed that we all need to work together and that people at the local level have the best understanding of the Salton Sea’s challenges,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “ I extended an invitation to him to join the Salton Sea Authority and get the federal government on board in some form or status.”
Benoit joined Secretary Salazar, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Congressman-elect Raul Ruiz and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez in a tour of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Friday afternoon.
Assemblyman Pérez has proposed legislation to yield the lead on Salton Sea restoration efforts from a disbanded state committee to the local authorities on the Salton Sea Authority, who are committed to developing a feasible action plan for restoration.
Following the tour, Benoit spoke before an assembly of local, state and federal representatives about the need for the federal and state governments to be a part of the Salton Sea Authority’s efforts. He spoke afterwards personally with Secretary Salazar.
Sen. Boxer opened the discussion with a moment of silence for victims of today’s school shooting in Connecticut.