(September 6, 2012. El Centro) The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors held a Special Meeting Wednesday to hear a presentation by Charles DuMars, Esq.,Â with Law & Resource Planning Associates, on a contingency plan for the Quantification Settlement Agreement or Plan B.
This was the fourth and final presentation to the Board by DuMars.
With the final report, DuMars offered three resolutions for the Boards consideration.
The first resolution calls for acceptance of the final report, the second is adoption of guiding principles to be used by the Board on a going-forward basis, and the third is an establishment of Â committees charged with developing Â the â€˜Critical Path Forwardâ€™ for the QSA.
These resolutions will be considered and brought up for action at the September 18th IID Board Meeting.
Some of the critical points of the plan are;
*The QSA is merely an agreement and not a charter for IID to be governed by.
*The original QSA agreement should be updated to current realities and be adaptable.
*Only the water conserved should be the water transferred.
* On-farm conservation requires high participation and flexibility.
*Overall water operations costs and QSA costs for conservation should be evaluated separately.
*The State of Californiaâ€™s commitment to fund excess mitigation will probably not happen.
*The outlook for the Colorado River looks as if it may be diminished while demand rises.
*The IID must not allow the pressure of California to leverage water rights away from IID ratepayers.
September 12th at the Lions Center in Brawley at 5:00 p.m. and the Calexico City Hall September 13th at 5:00 p.m. DuMars will host community outreach meetings for the public.
In other IID business, the Board adopted a resolution declaring an emergency with the IID water/power systems related to the August 26 swarm of earthquakes that caused damages to IID infrastructure. This would make the IID eligible for funding from the California Emergency Management Agency.