Correspondence with the Local, State, and Federal officials regarding the Salton Sea

Here below are links to several important correspondences (letters) that I referred to and included as attachments in my original letters. To avoid overcrowding subsequent documents with attachments, I transferred them to Google Drive as links to be easily accessible if needed.


Here is the link to my comment (17 pages) that I sent to CEC on January 24, 2024, in response to the Zoom Meeting - Grant Funding Opportunity – GFO-23-401 - Bulk Asset Enhancements for Grid Reliability.

In that letter, I pointed out a weak point of the system so that the funding can be improved and be more efficient for the current situation and used for future planning policies with the hope that it would help in improving policy toward a better and synchronized funding system regarding feasible, cost-effective low-emission projects. I also included a summary of my proposal for the restoration of the Salton Sea.


Here is the link to my letter (65 pages) to Governor Gavin Newsom that I sent on December 30, 2023, in response to the news article titled "Initial work begins on North Lake Salton Sea project" with a price tag of $19.25 million published on October 20, 2023.

In this letter, I responded to the recent article in "The Desert Sun" and the video on KESQ News regarding the "North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project". Also, I included a substantial amount of information about the faultiness of the ‘current course of action’, the disconnect between agencies, and the indication of the ‘stealing in process’ of my concept. Included are three maps explaining the function of the concept.


Here is the link to my comment (64 pages) to to David Hochschild - Chair of California Energy Commission (CEC) on December 29, 2023, in response to the news article titled "Initial work begins on North Lake Salton Sea project" with a price tag of $19.25 million published on October 20, 2023.

In this letter, I responded to the recent article in "The Desert Sun" and the video on KESQ News regarding the "North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project". Also, I included a substantial amount of information about the faultiness of the ‘current course of action’, the disconnect between agencies, and the indication of ‘stealing in process’ of my concept. Included are three maps explaining the function of the concept.


Here is the link to my comment (64 pages) to Yana Garcia, Secretary for California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) on December 28, 2023, in response to the news article titled "Initial work begins on North Lake Salton Sea Project" with a price tag of $19.25 million published on October 20, 2023.

In this letter, I responded to the recent article in "The Desert Sun" and the video on KESQ News regarding the "North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project". Also, I included a substantial amount of information about the faultiness of the ‘current course of action’, the disconnect between agencies, and the indication of ‘stealing in process’ of my concept. Included are three maps explaining the function of the concept.


Here is the link to my comment (26 pages) to the CEC regarding the three geothermal projects - Application for Certification (AFC) that I sent on December 22, 2023. Docket No.: 23-AFC-03 (23-AFC-02) & (23-AFC-01).

In the letter, in addition to the previous letter (12 pages) which I sent to CEC on August 28, 2023, I wrote a few additional information that could help understand the situation about the Salton Sea concerning the AFC Committee and three geothermal projects – applicants - the Morton Bay, Elmore North, and Black Rock. I included the links to two recent letters that I sent to CNRA and the Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).

Recently I wrote two similar letters – the first letter (55 pages) to Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of CNRA in response to an article about local leaders receiving $19.25 million for the “North Lae Pilot Project” that I sent on December 1st, 2023, - and the second letter (50 pages) to Bureau of Reclamation in response to the Revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that I sent on December 11, 2023.

In those letters, I have included a substantial amount of information about the faultiness of the ‘current course of action’ and respectfully urged the CNRA and CEC not to succumb to the pressure of those who work on the destruction of the Salton Sea.


Here is the link to my response (50 pages) that I sent to the Bureau of Reclamation in response to the Revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on December 11, 2023.

In that letter, I pointed out that the Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) ignored my comments submitted on August 15, 2023, and other numerous comments from public and knowledge experts that I heard during previous Zoom meetings, and seeing some written public comments, pointing out on incoming ecological disaster if we continue with ‘current course of action’ and lose the Salton Sea.

Also, I have included a substantial amount of information about the faultiness of the ‘current course of action’ and respectfully urged the BoR to reconsider their decision and to include the Salton Sea for the Development of Post-2026 Operational Guidelines and Strategies because the Salton Sea is part of the Colorado River Based.

In the letter, I used Map 1-1 from the SEIS showing ‘Upper and Lower Division States of the Colorado River’ in which the Salton Sea was wrongly excluded (not shown at all) and included the Salton Sea in corrected Maps 8.1.1 and 8.1.2.

Since there is the possibility that officials who reviewed my previous documents lack engineering background and could not understand the function of the concept because of too many functions (information) on one illustration, I use the Map from Reclamation report (SEIS) to simplify my concept even more by showing on one map (8.1.1) only distribution of water from the Colorado River through the All-American Canal to the South Lake and through Coachella Canal to the North Lake, and another map (8.1.2) showing only importation of seawater through pipeline Route #1 from San Felipe area of the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) to the Central Lake (section) of the Salton Sea, and another pipeline Route #2 from Long Beach area to the Central Lake (section) of the Salton Sea.


Here is the link to my letter (55 pages) that I sent on December 1, 2023, to Wade Crowfoot Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) in response to the news article titled "Initial work begins on North Lake Salton Sea project" with a price tag of $19.25 million published on October 20, 2023.

In this letter, I responded to the recent article in "The Desert Sun" and the video on KESQ News regarding the "North Lake Pilot Demonstration Project". Also, I included a substantial amount of information about the faultiness of the ‘current course of action’, the disconnect between agencies, and the indication of ‘stealing in process’ of my concept.


Here is the link to the letter (36 pages) that I sent on August 15, 2023, to the Bureau of Reclamation, / Department of Interior - in response to “Request for Comment” regarding “Post-2026 Operation”.

In that letter, I respectfully urged the Department of the Interior / Bureau of Reclamation to include the Salton Sea in consideration for the Development of Post-2026 operations. Also, I urged BOR / DOI to get involved because there is a noticeable disconnect between - higher officials (Governor, Secretaries of California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), California Energy Commission) that enforce the fundamental policies of the State – and several local agencies that promote their policy that leads towards smaller, saltier, smellier and more polluted Lake - which means the destruction of the Salton Sea - that contradicts the State and Federal policies. There is a link in that letter on page 9 about the disconnect between agencies. Also, I pointed out that the ‘current course of action’ which is the ‘Perimeter/Brine Lake” with related dust suppression projects recently renamed to the “In-basin long-range plan” is based on the false assumption that importation of the seawater is not a feasible concept.


Here is the link to the letter (18 pages) that I sent to the State Water Resources Control Board on July 28, 2023, in response to the Draft Desalination Siting and Streamlining Report to Expedite Permitting.

In that letter, I pointed out that the ‘current course of action’ is not synchronized. Many contractors are asking for funding for their projects which are not synchronized into a bigger project which is an architectural plan for the restoration of the Salton Sea. Therefore, it is imperative that the architectural plan (my proposal) is accepted and then focuses on its implementation which includes many synchronized projects (hydro, solar, geothermal, desalinization, etc.). It is important to mention that my system for desalinization of the Salton Sea can be used in many different locations including our coastal cities. In my comment, I have respectfully proposed that after my proposal is thoroughly reviewed and officially accepted, to be formed a mechanism (special counsel or Committee/Commission) from the members of the CNRA, EPA, CEC, and several relevant agencies and stakeholders to deals strictly with the implementation of the project for the restoration of the Salton Sea until its completion in 5-6 years. After its completion, the Committee can be abolished or reduced to overseeing maintenance issues and alike.


Here is the link to the letter (18 pages) that I sent to the Environmental Justice (EJ) Action Grants on July 28, 2023.

In that letter, as in the letter to the State Water Resources Control Board above, that I sent the same day, I pointed out that the ‘current course of action’ is not synchronized. Many contractors are asking for funding for their individual projects which are not synchronized into a bigger project which is an architectural plan for the restoration of the Salton Sea. Therefore, it is imperative that the architectural plan (my proposal) is accepted and then focuses on its implementation which includes many synchronized projects (hydro, solar, geothermal, desalinization, etc.). It is important to mention that my system for desalinization of the Salton Sea can be used in many different locations including our coastal cities. In the letter, I elaborated on a recent Zoom meeting in which a representative of Controlled Thermal Resources, Mr. Jim Turner COO, talked about shrinking the Salton Sea as a positive development.

In my comment, I have respectfully proposed that after my proposal is thoroughly reviewed and officially accepted to be formed a mechanism (special counsel or Committee/Commission) from the members of the CNRA, EPA, CEC, and several relevant agencies and stakeholders to deal strictly with the implementation of the project for the restoration of the Salton Sea until its completion in 5-6 years. After its completion, the Committee can be abolished or reduced to overseeing maintenance issues and alike.


Here is the link to the letter (20 pages) that I sent to the California Energy Commission Docket Unite, MS-4 Docket No. 17-GRDA-01 on July 11, 2023, in Response to the Pre-Solicitation Workshop conducted at San Diego State University (SDSU) - Imperial Valley Camus - in Calexico on June 27, 2023.

In that letter, I pointed out that the ‘current course of action’ is not synchronized. Also, many contractors are asking for funding for their projects which are not synchronized into a bigger project which is an architectural plan for the restoration of the Salton Sea. Therefore, it is imperative that the architectural plan (my proposal) is accepted and then focuses on its implementation which includes many synchronized projects (hydro, solar, geothermal, desalinization, etc.). It is important to mention that my system for desalinization of the Salton Sea can be used in many different locations including our coastal cities. In that letter, I also respectfully proposed that after my proposal is thoroughly reviewed and officially accepted, to be formed a mechanism (special counsel or Committee/Commission) from the members of the CNRA, EPA, CEC, and several relevant agencies and stakeholders to deal strictly with the implementation of the project for the restoration of the Salton Sea until its completion in 5-6 years. After its completion, the Committee can be abolished or reduced to overseeing maintenance issues and alike.


Here is the link to the letter (36 pages) that I sent on June 6, 2023, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to the State Water Board Salton Sea Workshop and Public Meetings for the Imperial Streams Salton Sea and Tributaries Feasibility Study conducted on May 18, 2023.

In the letter, I urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study my proposal thoroughly and not succumb to the pressure of a group of influential people from several local agencies who openly talked about getting rid of the Salton Sea.


Here is the link to the letter (15 pages) that I sent in response to the "Salton Sea Long Range Plan Public Draft" prepared by the California Natural Resources Agency / SSMP Long-Range Plan on March 10, 2023.

In that letter, I pointed out the ridiculous projects of which they are proud of. I pointed out that using a faulty UCSC Panel Report leads to a ‘drive in the wrong direction’. I pointed out several very important facts. Please read it.


Here is the link to the letter (7 pages) that I sent on January 25, 2023, to the Salton Sea Long-Range Plan Review - California Natural Resources Agency as a Public Comment in response to the “Salton Sea Long Range Plan Public Draft" prepared by the California Natural Resources Agency - SSMP Long-Range Plan.

In the letter, I have pointed out that the “current course of action” for the restoration of the Salton Sea is a “drive in the wrong direction”. I pointed out the facts and urged CNRA / SSMP to stop “driving in the wrong direction”. I also urge the California Natural Resources Agency not to use the UCSC Panel’s report as a reference because it is a fraudulent report. Please read it.


Here is the link to the letter (62 pages) that I sent to Honorable Wade Crowfoot, Secretary for California Natural Resources Agency, on December 30, 2022, in response to the Salton Sea Independent Review Panel Summary Report published on or around September 29, 2022, and Request for its abolishment.

This letter has a substantial amount of information including my correspondence with the Panel of independent reviewers. Also, have the links to a recorded Zoom meeting in which principal investigator Professor Dr. Brant Haddad explained the reasons for not reviewing my proposal (See page 14 out of 62). Please read it.


Here is the link to the letter (6 pages) that I sent on September 23, 2022, to the Lithium Valley Commission convened by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to review, investigate, and analyze eight specific topics relating to lithium extraction meetings and facilitated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In that letter, I wrote that my proposal does not interfere with the extraction of lithium from geothermal brine if there is a dike built around the desired area for the extraction of lithium. In fact, my proposal unites those two contradictive projects (a) and (b) successfully and provides the needed water for the extraction of lithium which obviously with the current plan (or lack of plan) is lacking.

Knowing that the Chair of the Lithium Valley Commission was Silvia Paz a close associate of Michael Cohen from Pacific Institute who is a strong opponent of the importation of seawater and that the co-Chair was Ryan E. Kelley also a strong opponent of the importation of seawater, it is understandable why I have not been invited to make presentation to the Lithium Valley Commission despite my frequent offers.


Here is the link to the letter to the Salton Sea Task Force Members (6 pages) – filed on September 7, 2022.

In this letter, I have summarized the problems and a solution. Please read it.


Here is the link to the letter (33 pages) to the Governor Gavin Newsom that I sent on August 18, 2022.

In this letter I informed Governor about the scam that is in process regarding the restoration of the Salton Sea. Also, the Panel of independent reviewers refused to evaluate the only proposal that has presented a complete solution for the restoration of the Salton Sea (my proposal) because has been instructed by one of the participating parties to do so. That is a gross breach of the UCSC Panel’s trust and their task. Also, in that letter there is a link to a recorded meeting in which principal investigator Professor Dr. Brant Haddad explained the reasons for not reviewing my proposal.


Here is the link to my response (10 pages) to the UCSC Panel after the televised Zoom meeting on July 20, 2022, - filed on July 22, 2022.


Here is the link to my response (28 pages) to the UCSC Panel’s decision regarding two Fatal Flaws – filed on June 20, 2022.

This letter has a substantial amount of information including my correspondence (argument) with the Panel of independent reviewers. Please read it.


Here is the link to the letter (13 pages) that I sent to the California Energy Commission / Lithium Valey Commission on December 19, 2021, pointing out several noticeable departures from the policies of the California State and from the original task of the commission.


Here is the link to the letter (3 pages) that I sent on October 1, 2021, to President Joseph Biden requesting NOT to assist the IID in fast-tracking the federal permitting process for the geothermal lithium project in Hell’s Kitchen, Salton Sea, Ca, in response to the IID request for fast-tracking the federal permitting process of the geothermal lithium project in Hell’s Kitchen at that time - before the report from Dr. Rominder Suri is finished and issued. At that time, I did not foresee “collapse” of the Panel of independent reviewers.


Here is the link to the letter (13 pages) that I wrote to the CALIFORNIA REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD COLORADO RIVER BASIN REGION in response to the Notice of opportunity for the "Public Comment" regarding the water quality control plan for the Colorado River Basin Region sent on October 21, 2020.

In that letter, as in previous ones, I reminded them about the existence of my proposal and what it does. I also mentioned the paragraph on their website reinforcing my statement: "The Water Quality Control Plan for the Colorado River Basin (Basin Plan) is designed to preserve and enhance water quality in the Region and to protect the beneficial uses of all regional waters for the benefit of present and future generations".


Here is the link to the letter (12 pages) that I wrote to the California Natural Resources Agency / Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) in response to the "Community Input Sought for SSMP Projects", sent on September 29, 2020.

In that letter, I strongly oppose the “Current Course of Action” which is the “Perimeter Lake” and related dust suppression projects because those projects are based on the false assumption that importing seawater is not a feasible concept and contributes to incoming ecological disaster. I pointed out that I watched several of their workshops (presentations) and that I watched the recent hearing “FEDERAL AND STATE EFFORTS TO RESTORE THE SALTON SEA” televised on September 24, 2020, and criticized their acceptance of the concept that leads to destruction of the Salton Sea.


Here is the link to the letter (5 pages) to Dr. Marilyn L. Fogel, Chair of the Salton Sea Task Force – sent on July 30, 2020.

In this letter, I have summarized the problems and a solution. Please read it.


Here is the link to the letter (16 pages) that I wrote to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board - Colorado River Basin Region - c/o Maria Davydova in response to "2020, Triennial Review Proposal" on May 26, 2020.

In that letter, I let them know about my proposal and pointed out my struggle to get their attention. I included several notes that I read at SSA Board meeting. Also, I told them that it is difficult to come to any other conclusion but that there is a group of influential people who would like to get rid of the Salton Sea for their relatively small interest and that they are working very hard to achieve their goal through the “current course of action”.


Here is the link to my response (11 pages) to Bruce Wilcox’s letter (memorandum) explaining why he is wrong in rejecting my proposal which I sent to him on October 12, 2018. Please read it.


Here is the link to the letter (2 pages) that I sent on October 29, 2018, to Mr. Manuel Perez, Director of the SSA and supervisor of Fourth District, Riverside County, regarding news from the press release.

In that letter, I pointed out that claiming the concept of North Lake as his own and suggesting that Imperial County should do similarly (forming South Lake), especially after several meetings in which I explained to him my concept, infringes my patented concept, and that if he continue with such practice, it will be his responsibility for illegal conduct with serious consequences and liabilities.


Here is a link to Mr. Bruce Wilcox’s letter (memorandum) (1 page) sent to me on August 16, 2018, explaining the reasons for rejecting my proposal:


Here is the link to the letter (8 pages) that I sent to Secretary John Laird, Natural Resource Agency on June 6, 2017, asking him to inform Governor Brown about the existence of my proposal.


Here is the link to the letter (6 pages) that I sent to Secretary John Laird, Natural Resource Agency on September 7 (12), 2016, asking him to consider terminating Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) before September 30, 2016, which was signed on August 31, 2016, based on new information that has been presented by local leaders, neither to the Secretary, Sally Jewell, DOI nor to him nor to Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor, prior or during signing the MOA agreement.


Here are links to my 3-minutes comment that I read in front of the Salton Sea Authority (SSA) during numerous (monthly) Board Meetings. I included here only several (11) out of over thirty such comments / meetings. The content in all of my 3-minutes comments is similar - urging the SSA to stop promoting the "current course of action" because it leads to destruction of the Salton Sea and speeds up incoming ecological destruction with serious consequences to our community. Also, at every meeting, I offered them my availability to make a complete presentation of several hours (whatever time is necessary for them to understand the concept) because 3-minutes is not adequate time for me to explaining it to them nor is enough for them to understand a comprehensive solution (architectural plan) for the restoration of the Salton Sea.

Unfortunately, they would thank me for my 'passion' and then, they would move quickly to the next item on the agenda which was frequently related to "Perimeter/Brine Lake" and how to improve their approach in how to be more efficient in getting funding from state and federal governments. Just before pandemic (COVID 19), I stopped attending SSA Board meeting because Board Members have not been responsive to my offers, and especially after they consulted their attorney asking him, openly at the meeting, if there is any legal way to exclude me from making my 3-minutes comments.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on December 19, 2019.


NOTE: 10-minutes comment at Salton Sea Public Workshop California Water Quality Control Board Colorado River Basin Region on April 12, 2018.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on May 23, 2019.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on June 28, 2018.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on September 28, 2017.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on May 18, 2017.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on September 22, 2016.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on July 28, 2016.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on June 30, 2016.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on April 20, 2016.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on October 22, 2015.


NOTE: 3-minutes comment at SSA Board Meeting on December 10, 2015.