Crafted with input from the newly-formed Water Conservation Committee, the plan will modify the districtâ€™s existing equitable distribution plan and convert it into a system of apportionment that will more effectively manage the valleyâ€™s Colorado River water supplies.
IID is working towards the implementation of the new plan as soon as possibleâ€”and IID staff has been directed to immediately start communications efforts with all water users while the committee continues its efforts in developing the implementation procedures and rules for the board’s near-term consideration.
â€œIt is our intent that the early announcement of a 2013 mid-year apportionment plan will assist our water users in planning their upcoming crop rotations before the program is initiated. Details, such as a proposed cap of 5.24 acre-feet of water per eligible acre, are still being worked out within the committee,â€ added Jesse Silva, IID Water Manager.
As part of its efforts to communicate the plan, the district and the Farm Bureau will hold stakeholder meetings with growers and landowners to alert them of the proposed apportionment program.
Apportionment Plan Stakeholder Meetings
Wednesday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Stockmenâ€™s Club, 275 Marjorie Avenue, Brawley
Thursday, March 21 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Farm Bureau Boardroom, 1000 Broadway, El Centro
Friday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. Holtville City Hall, 121 W. 5th Street, Holtville