“The historic Colorado floods actually changed the course of some rivers and creeks. That has left many agricultural irrigation ditches and diversion dams useless. Farmers and irrigation companies now find themselves footing the bill to reroute these waterways before spring planting season.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a memorandum of understanding between the IID, county of Imperial and the Air Pollution Control District regarding Salton Sea stabilization and restoration.
“The three agencies have been in litigation over the Quantification Settlement Agreement for about 10 years.”
“The giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has no plans to ration deliveries even as the state braces for a possible third-straight dry year and the vast Colorado River system remains plagued by plummeting flows into a shrinking Lake Mead.
“One reason for this welcome reprieve can be traced back 10 years ago this month when warring water interests across the West signed a historic seven-state agreement to share the Colorado River.
“That’s about all Southwestern water users can do as the drought-stricken Colorado River enters what figures to be its most important snow season in recent memory.
“After 14 years of record drought, it will take an unusually wet year — one like the basin saw in 2011 — to stave off the first-ever water shortages on the overdrawn river and slow the decline of its two main reservoirs.”
“Sen. Mark Udall laid out a pro-business case for conservation of the Colorado River on Friday, and he also threw cold water on the idea of building new large dams on the Western Slope. …
“The fate of Colorado’s share of its namesake river is getting more attention this fall, as state leaders are ramping up a publicity campaign around Colorado’s Water Plan, a first-ever statewide water strategy that Gov.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“It’s been a decade since four Southern California water agencies voluntarily agreed in October 2003 to a set of long-term conservation and water transfer agreements to resolve longstanding disputes and help the state cope with users’ growing demand for water from the Colorado River.
“The Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), which will continue for as long as another 65 years, sets water limits for the Southern California water districts in order to help the state consume no more than its annual entitlement of 4.4
“The nation’s largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer was signed 10 years ago today.
“And while there is no shortage of opinions on the implementation and effects of the transfer, statements by officials from the San Diego County Water Authority and the Imperial Irrigation District are illustrative of how the Quantification Settlement Agreement is viewed.”
“In an attempt to alleviate pressures on an overused aquifer, the Coachella Valley’s largest water district plans to set more specific goals and establish a timetable for connecting golf courses to pipes carrying recycled water and water from the Colorado River.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approved some changes to the district’s pilot water apportionment program Tuesday, eliminating some of its penalties.
“The board adopted the pilot Equitable Distribution Plan in April to help the district better manage its share of water from the Colorado River amid concerns over a possible drought and the greater scrutiny it brings from other water users that depend on the river.”
“With a little less than three months remaining in 2013, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Tuesday will consider making some changes to the district’s 2013 water apportionment pilot program while staff revises the program for 2014.
From the Central Arizona Project (CAP) Water Ways and Power Lines Blog:
“The Colorado River is vital to the seven western states and 10 tribes that hold claim to its waters. The water helps to sustain a population of more than 30 million people—far beyond what could have been envisioned when the original Colorado River Compact was drafted in 1922.
“Today, the Colorado River is in the midst of a 12-year drought. The Colorado River Basin Water Supply & Demand Study released in late 2012 projected the potential long-term effects of a shortage.