Community Resources

Mecca, North Shore, and Thermal are the unincorporated areas in Eastern Coachella Valley that have OZs. Each of these communities has opportunities for businesses to grow and flourish.

Mecca is a small town that started off as a railroad camp and has since evolved into a Middle Eastern inspired desert oasis. The majority of the residents are farm workers and there are few stores. It has a lot of pride in its community and was heavily involved in United Farm Workers movements.

North Shore was a small town located on the shores of the Salton Sea. It boomed when Salton Sea was at the peak of its tourism. It has since fallen into decline due to the ongoing problems with the Salton Sea. If it is revitalized, it could perhaps reach the level of economic success it once reached decades ago.

Thermal was another town created from a railroad camp just a few years before Mecca. It is best known for the regional airport that has been in Thermal since 1965. Although it has had several names, it is now known as the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport. It also is home to Thermal Club which attracts auto enthusiasts.

Government & NGO

State of California, California Energy Commission, Lithium Valley Commission: Lithium Valley Commission

State of California Salton Sea Management Program: Salton Sea Project ( 

State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Salton Sea Program: Salton Sea Program (

State of California Department of Parks and Recreation, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®

State of California Department of Parks and Recreation, Salton Sea State Recreation Area: Salton Sea SRA ( 

State of California Water Resources Control Board, Salton Sea Task Force: Salton Sea | California State Water Resources Control Board 


2022-09-01 KPIX CBS SF Bay Area: Parched: California's Climate Crisis

2021-08-30 The Press Democrat: Lithium fuels hopes for revival on Salton Sea

2021-08-25 How Long Can the Salton Sea Wait for a Long-Term Solution?

2021-08-12 University of California, Riverside: Salton Sea restoration efforts could fail without science | News ( 

2021-06-04 Misadventures with Andi: Cruising around the Salton Sea

2021-01-14 Salton Sea Management Program Update: Construction Begins on Key Salton Sea Habitat and Air Quality Project

2013-05-28 Scientific American: Bacterial Encounters at the Salton Sea