Ecological Restoration / Remediation / Brownfields

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-A01 - Ecology, Design and Community at California's Salton Sea

Monday, October 23
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


In 1905, Colorado River diversions accidentally flooded an ancient basin, creating critical habitat and California’s largest lake. Now as the Salton Sea dries out, it is known for animal die-offs and dust storms. Leaders from multiple sectors will discuss the efforts being developed to create a smaller but sustainable sea.

Learning Objectives:

Alexander Robinson

Assistant Professor
University of Southern California

Alexander Robinson is an assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture & Urbanism at USC and principal of the Office of Outdoor Research. His co-authored book, Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture, is a bestselling treatise on landscapes as material performance systems. His research into the design of landscape infrastructures has been featured in the press, multiple books, and exhibitions. In 2015, he was awarded the American Academy in Rome Rome Prize. His upcoming book (Fall 2018) is “Spoils of Dust: Reinventing the Lake that Made Los Angeles”. Robinson received his MLA from the Harvard GSD.


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Bruce Wilcox

Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea Policy
California Natural Resources Agency

Bruce is the assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. Under his leadership, the State of California will advance an effort with state, federal, and local stakeholders to develop a comprehensive framework for Salton Sea management. The multi-agency effort’s goals will be to protect air quality, habitat, and water supply reliability at the Salton Sea. Wilcox has been interim assistant executive director at the Salton Sea Authority since 2015 and manager of environmental and Salton Sea programs at the Imperial Irrigation District since 2008, where he led the implementation of mitigation and restoration efforts.


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Sarah Friedman

Senior Campaign Representative, Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

Sarah Friedman is a Senior Campaign Representative with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Since joining the Sierra Club in 2011, Sarah has worked on a range of issues related to renewable energy and natural resources in the California desert, including the Salton Sea. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Sarah focused her practice on renewable energy project development. Sarah holds a B.A. in History from the University of Oregon and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Sarah first visited the Salton Sea on a road trip in the mid-1990s and has been fascinated ever since.


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Jennifer Toy

Design Director
Kounkuey Design Initiative

Jennifer is Co-Founder and Design Director of Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI). KDI is a design and community development nonprofit that partners with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities through research, advocacy, programming and built-works. KDI is located in Nairobi, Stockholm and Los Angeles. Jennifer holds an A.B. in History and Science, an M.U.P. in Urban Planning and M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.


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MON-A01 - Ecology, Design and Community at California's Salton Sea

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