EL CENTRO â€“ The Imperial Irrigation District (IID) Board of Directors and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors held a ceremonial signing event Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Imperial County Court House.
The signing was to mark the release and settlement of the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) related litigation between IID and the County of Imperial and Imperial County Air Pollution Control District and to show unity.
â€œThis event is a long time coming,â€ said Ryan Kelley, Imperial County Board of Supervisors Chairman. â€œThe reason we come together is to acknowledge the settlement of the long litigation between the IID and Imperial County. The significance of this moment is that we now are speaking as a united voice to have our concerns heard over the water transfers of the QSA. We are speaking united to protect the citizens, the ratepayers, and the landowners of the Imperial Valley from the Salton Sea mitigation costs associated with the water transfers. We are trying to work within the structure of the QSA to meet these goals. We encourage our state and federal partners to join us.â€
â€œIt gives me great pleasure to mark this event,â€ said Stephen Benson, IID Board of Director President. â€œWe need to protect our water. One way the QSA did this was to give peace on the river and with this event today, we have peace in the Valley. We are united as the IID board and we are united with the county. The real goal here is the betterment of our community. Itâ€™s important that we are working together on the Salton Sea, to identify the ultimate plan, and how we will fund it. In 2017, mitigation water stops going to the Salton Sea. Thatâ€™s why IID filed its State Board petition. Along with the county, we are working with the state to come up with a reasonable plan. I am confident we will reach our goal.â€
â€œWith the signing of this agreement, we can continue forward with a united message regarding the circumstances related to the Salton Sea,â€ said Eduardo Garcia, Assemblyman, 56th Assembly District. â€œOne voice with one goal representing the needs of Imperial Countyâ€
Under the QSA, the State of California is financially responsible for the cleanup of the Salton Sea and itâ€™s decline due to water transfers to the coast.