The Imperial Irrigation District is deeply saddened by the passing of Kevin E. Kelley, former general manager of the district, who, at the age of 61, passed away on Tuesday, January 19.

“A Brawley native, Kevin loved the Imperial Valley and dedicated himself to making it a better place,” said IID Board President James C. Hanks. “His knowledge of the history of the Imperial Valley and of the Colorado River was unmatched and widely recognized, and he used it for good.”

“He was a statesman for the Imperial Valley, championing many critical efforts, most notably drawing attention and action to the Salton Sea and the protection of Imperial Valley’s water rights.”

“This is truly a deep loss for his family, for the district, and for the greater Imperial Valley community. His exemplary work in representing the community, his unique wit, intelligence, and talent will forever be missed.”

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