“The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approved on Monday an apportionment plan that allocates water to Imperial Valley farmland in a way that blends a field’s historical water consumption with an equal ’straight-line’ allocation.”
“The memorandum of understanding signed Thursday among the Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial County and its air pollution control district is momentous in many respects. First of all, it helps mend about 10 years of contentious debate over the validity of the Quantification Settlement Agreement and the conditions put in place.
“Surrounded by lake bed exposed by the receding shoreline, regional officials on Thursday finalized a historic deal they hope will add momentum to the much-discussed Salton Sea restoration effort.
“The memorandum of understanding between Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial County and the county’s Air Pollution Control District ends a decade of legal disputes that involved three of California’s most precious resources: air, water and renewable energy.”
“Leaders in Imperial County have hammered out a deal to restore the Salton Sea and raise $3 billion to revive the shoreline economy driven by new alternative-energy development.
“The accord announced Tuesday ends more than a decade of infighting between the county and the Imperial Irrigation District over the ongoing sale of water to the San Diego region, the U-T San Diego newspaper reported.”
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From the Imperial Valley Press:
“The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Tuesday formalized its push to restore the Salton Sea and transform the area into an energy producer with its unanimous approval of a memorandum o
“In honor of the 27th annual anniversary of Public Power Week, Imperial Irrigation District officials began rolling out a new energy safety campaign to reach seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Imperial and Coachella valleys on the importance of indoor and outdoor electrical safety.
“A newsletter, the ‘Safety Surge,’ has been distributed to junior high schools, according to a press release from the district.”
“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 Sacramento Bee, in a column by Dan Walters:
“Brown is now back in the governorship and trying to implement a revised version of his plan to bypass the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in transhipment of Northern California water southward, this time with twin tunnels.
“However, the outcome is very uncertain, as is the fate of a multibillion-dollar water bond that those in the Capitol are now trying to write.
“While those wrangles remain unsettled, however, another water issue in Southern California, which also simmered for decades, may finally be resolved.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District hosted a public workshop Wednesday to discuss the preservation of the IID’s water rights and the challenges posed by the massive water transfer at the heart of the Quantification Settlement Agreement.
“Yet, more than a year after the IID adopted an alternative approach to the QSA and less than two months after the validity of the transfer was upheld in court, the message from the district’s attorneys is essentially the same: The IID and the farm community must make a reasonable effort to conserve Colorado River w
“Although the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors has not yet voted to reduce municipal water rates, some board members are pressuring city government officials to pass those savings to the rate-payers, in the event the district does lower the price of water to cities.
“IID officials recently announced that they wished to review the reasons the district charges municipal and industrial customers more than three times more for water than for the agricultural community.”