History of the Salton Sea

APA California Chapter, San Diego Section


Saturday, January 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. PST

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Brian Mooney FAICP (San Diego) and Jim Minnick (Imperial County) will provide a lecture on the history of the Salton Sea, from the prehistoric era to present day. The lecture includes an overview of the geological conditions that formed the Salton Sink & Lake Cahuilla, the Native American/Tribal communities that inhabited the region, the Spanish/Mexican/early American eras, the development of agriculture in Imperial Valley, the 1905 formation of the Salton Sea, the development of the Salton Sea into a resort and recreational destination, and the steady decline of the Salton Sea from the 70s to the present day. 


Brian Mooney, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Brian is the Managing Principal of the Community Planning and Landscape Architecture Division at Rick Engineering Company. He has over 40 years of experience specializing in community planning, public outreach, environmental analysis, research, and development of public policy. His extensive experience includes preparation of General and Specific Plans for counties ... Read More

James Minnick

Confirmed Speaker


Contact Info

Angel Hernandez, angel_hernandez@ci.el-centro.ca.us