IID to discuss major water policy issues at public workshop



EL CENTRO – A public workshop will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the Condit Auditorium, El Centro, to provide a briefing to the Imperial Irrigation Board of Directors and the public regarding major water policy issues facing the district.

Charles DuMars of Law & Resource Planning Associates and Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson, LLP,  will provide a briefing and seek public input regarding  preserving the water supply available to IID and maintaining sustainable solutions for protection of the water and the environment of the Imperial Valley.

The discussion will focus on three main topics:

  • Preservation and improvement of IID’s legal and policy position in the utilization of Colorado River water supply, including the preservation of water rights, the reasonable and beneficial use of water within IID, as well as conservation and implementation strategies.
  • Restoration of the Salton Sea and mitigation of the effects of the Quantification Settlement Agreement transfers on the citizens of the Imperial Valley.
  • Potential modifications to the QSA.

The workshop is part of an effort to help the district look at and plan for the future in light of the recent court decision validating the QSA and new revelations on the Colorado River, including a recent projection of a possible shortage condition affecting the Colorado River’s lower basin in 2016.

To date, IID has seen significant milestones in its effort to address water policy, including unity with the county of Imperial to pursue restoration of the Salton Sea and the implementation of various conservation programs and an equitable distribution plan.

The workshop will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 25. A question-and-answer period will follow the briefing. The public is encouraged to attend.