The Water Resources Institute has developed a special collection of water data archives for the Salton Sea watershed, housed on the Cal State University campus at Palm Desert. With strong support from the Salton Sea Authority (SSA), the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and Cal State University this collection will be maintained in perpetuity by an on-site professional archivist. It is modeled on the highly successful WRI Santa Ana Watershed collection currently housed the Cal State San Bernardino campus and is used by students and faculty for research as well as by local water agencies, regulators and law firms.
The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus is the only accredited four year, degree-granting university in the Salton Sea watershed and has contributed substantial resources to developing this special collection based on the SSA records. This data can be searched through internet map servers which ensure the greatest level of access by stakeholders. The WRI archivist is tasked with collecting and cataloging data, helping members and stakeholders access and use the data as well as performing geospatial analysis on the data with input from the technical working group.
Looking toward the future, the WRI at Palm Desert is proposing to assist the Salton Sea Authority in the development of a special GIS-based collection at the CSUSB PD library; this would include the formation and facilitation of a member agency technical working group that will meet periodically to help identify data sources and to give direction to WRI staff on administrative and technical issues pertaining to the collection.
The Water Resources Institute is excited to offer this collection and associated services to those interested in the Salton Sea watershed and we look forward to working with you.