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Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy

Proposition 1 Grant Program.


The Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC) has posted a draft edition of its Guidelines for the Proposition 1 Grant Program for public review and comments.

The Guidelines draft may be viewed here in its entirety and the public is encouraged to be involved in the process through which the CVMC is working to protect the natural and cultural resources of the Coachella Valley and its surrounding mountains, which include the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains National Monument and portions of Joshua Tree National Park.

The Guidelines will be the subject of several public meetings, the first being a hearing at the Conservancy Board of Directors meeting at 3 p.m. on March 9, 2015, at 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 115, Palm Desert, California. Other meetings will be held around the Conservancy’s territory on future dates to be announced on this page. Interested members of the public may provide comments verbally or in writing at one of the Conservancy’s public meetings, or by letter or email to Jim Karpiak, Executive Director, 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 112, Palm Desert, CA 92260, or by email to If you have any questions, please email or call the Conservancy’s offices at (760)776-5026.

San Jacinto.


A Trip to the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge

The Sonny Bono Refuge is on the southern end of the Sea, and provides a refreshing walk and fantastic sunsets. It does have visitor parking and a wheelchair accessible observation deck.

When you visit, be sure to bring a camera!





Team Member Highlight – Juan Murillo

Juan Murillo, Archivist
Juan Murillo, WRI Archivist at CSUSB-Palm Desert

Juan Murillo is one of the newest members of the WRI team.  He is the resident archivist at the WRI Palm Desert campus and has been with us since 2014.

Juan grew up in the Coachella Valley; he attended Coachella Valley High School and then while attending California State University he was offered an internship at the Water Resources Institute. This internship opened the door for Juan and after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Public & Oral History he became the new archivist for the Salton Sea Repository at CSUSB, Palm Desert.


The Salton Sea Repository at the WRI, CSUSB, Palm Desert
The Salton Sea Repository at the WRI, CSUSB, Palm Desert

Juan is thoroughly enjoying his responsibilities at the repository, where, as he says, he “collects, processes, preserves and makes available for use to the public, historic Salton Sea related materials such as maps, books, and newspaper articles.The collection includes Salton Sea Authority Policy and Public Relations documents, administrative records and reports, and science and research studies and projects like environmental, air and water quality, agricultural, public heath, and restoration studies and reports. The Salton Sea Repository also includes materials of interest to the history and development of the region.

One of the many benefits to being “locally grown” is that Juan Murillo is altogether familiar with the challenges facing the Coachella Valley and surrounding regions. He understands the delicate and complex environmental and public health issues that must be worked through by the community and its leaders and his new role as archivist at the repository is as a result a personal and meaningful one. Juan’s enthusiasm for the region and its communities is as apparent as his dedication to his new responsibilities. Welcome aboard, Juan!