Benoit Praises Gov. Brown’s Appointment on Salton Sea
PALM DESERT – Salton Sea Authority Chairman John J. Benoit praised Gov. Brown’s appointment Wednesday of Bruce Wilcox as the assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy at the California Natural Resources Agency.
Wilcox has been tapped to serve as the state level coordinator for Salton Sea management, and he will work with state, federal and local stakeholders on developing a comprehensive framework of projects.
“Bruce Wilcox is dedicated, exceptionally competent and very familiar with Salton Sea issues. I am exceedingly pleased with the governor’s decision,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Equally important, the choice of Wilcox demonstrates the willingness of the state to work closely with local governments through the Salton Sea Authority.”
The Salton Sea Authority member agencies are Riverside County, Imperial County, Imperial Irrigation District, Coachella Valley Water District and the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.
The governor created the Salton Sea Task Force within his office earlier this year in recognition of the potential serious environmental consequences of a declining Salton Sea. State officials also identified the need for a state level coordinator during meetings with the governor’s task force and recent Little Hoover Commission hearings.
Wilcox has long been actively involved with the Salton Sea Authority. Wilcox has worked at Imperial Irrigation District since 2004 and has served as manager of environmental and Salton Sea programs since 2008. Wilcox is also the interim assistant executive director at the Salton Sea Authority.