The State’s Plan to save parts of the Salton Sea is underway. Under the plan, as many as 7 areas currently will be designated as California’s Species Conservation Habitat . In The Red Hill Bay area, a 2 Phase project will include berming two large pond areas in the bay to be filled with water from both the Alamo River and also the Sea to a depth of about 1 foot. It will also include constructing a few Islands that will serve as nesting and habitat areas for Migratory Birds.
So with this plan will come change, so I find it my part to document this change, as what we see now will change soon. Most of the berming is already done. But there is still more infrastructure work that needs to be done.
At first I was kinda sad about this, but in reading the plan it may look pretty nice and actually will go back in part to how the bay looked when it was filled with water and the nesting trees (of my interest) sticking out of the water. So while in the future I may not be able to stand next to the trees I find so interesting – The Three Sisters and the other set of Three Trees closer to the sea. What concerned me was some deep trenching that led right up to both sides of the Three Sisters and it almost looked like they were going to remove them. But now what I believe it will be is that the trenches will be part of the deep water areas (2m Deep) that will support fish and other species and the the Three Sisters may be an Island in between the deep water or may just be covered with a foot of water as the rest of the pond. It may in the end be a beautiful looking area and a great habitat for migratory birds that frequent the sea and the adjacent Sonny Bono Wildlife management area
But for posterity, here are my images of how the Red Hill Marina and Bay look currently. I wanted to get as many images in as many styles and perspectives as I coudl while I can still access it as it is today
For those that are interested, The Sea is already down by 8 Feet from 2007 and will go down another 17 Feet by 2018 if everything remains the same. These small projects will just maintain a much smaller Sea
These are not the “Three Sisters” but are the set of trees closer to the Sea