“Imperial Irrigation District officials fired back at two water agencies challenging how IID uses its entitlement of Colorado River water, characterizing their statements as ‘political rhetoric’ and threats on the district’s right to use water within its territory.”
“An environmental consultant will be chosen within the next few weeks to conduct a master Environmental Impact Report for Imperial County, which would start the process of determining the best places locally for renewable energy.
“The Imperial County received a $700,000 grant earlier this year from the California Energy Commission allowing it to work on two things: a general plan for the county and an EIR.”
“The sparsely populated Owens Valley is the site of some of the highest levels of particulate matter air pollution ever recorded in the United States, with most of it originating from the dried Owens Lake bed.
“And while Imperial County’s Salton Sea still contains water, it will likely be worse than Owens Lake if the sea is allowed to dry up, said Ted Schade, air pollution control officer with Great Basin Air Pollution Control District.”
“The way that Imperial Irrigation District uses its entitlement of Colorado River water is being scrutinized once again.
“A letter from Southern Nevada Water Authority to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service questions whether the IID’s delivery of water to the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is permissible under federal law.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District held a public meeting Wednesday to discuss water conservation measures with the people they impact the most — Imperial Valley farmers.
“Although the IID holds senior water rights to Colorado River water, it is under heavy scrutiny by regulators and other water agencies as it repays past water overruns and fulfills its water transfer obligations.”
The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors has scheduled a public workshop for Wednesday in the Condit Auditorium, El Centro, to recap the district’s water conservation activities to date in 2013 and actions considered for implementation in the year ahead.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a number of rebate increase incentives, the addition of two new qualifying energy efficiency measures and a modification to the attic insulation rebate requirement.”
“Two water conservation programs were approved Tuesday by the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors, moves that are expected to help the IID meet its daunting water transfer and payback obligations in 2014.
“Both programs involve fallowing, a temporary water-conservation program in which farmers are paid to leave a field idle for a period of time to conserve the water that would ordinarily irrigate it.”