Where Water Is King Book Cover

IMPERIAL COUNTY — The Imperial Irrigation District and the family of Kevin E. Kelley announced the publishing of “Where WATER is King,” Mr. Kelley’s first book in a press release. 

With love for the Imperial Valley and its unique history, Mr. Kelley’s book is a story of creating California’s great Imperial Valley. It provides a unique perspective on the people and events, detailing the epic struggles of ordinary and extraordinary people bringing life-giving water to a desert and turning it into a “new Egypt.”

Written before Mr. Kelley’s untimely passing in January 2021, a team of friends and associates worked collaboratively to bring his words into book form and design the book.

The Kelley family, friends and acquaintances gathered for a special unveiling of the book on Saturday, September 24 at Pioneers Museum in Imperial. A limited number of books were published and are available for purchase at the museum.

Mr. Kelly served as IID general manager for 8 years. Retiring in 2019, he continued to assist the district as a consultant up to the time of his passing.

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