“Between a record-low water level at Lake Mead and Imperial Irrigation District’s water overrun payback obligations, Imperial Valley farmers are under great pressure to be more water-efficient.
“And while the IID is offering farmers incentives to adopt water-efficient irrigation practices like pressurized sprinkler systems, some in the Valley are trying to improve the centuries-old practice of flood irrigation.”
“Imperial Valley farmers who invested in water conservation measures last year in anticipation of the Imperial Irrigation District’s on-farm efficiency water conservation program can breathe a sigh of relief: the Board of Directors approved the program Tuesday.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District’s recently adopted water apportionment plan is being challenged in court. …
“The Imperial Irrigation District adopted its Equitable Distribution Plan to help it repay the more than 200,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water it ordered above its allocation over a two-year period.
“Wednesday’s court ruling upholding the validity of the Quantification Settlement Agreement is a setback to local government efforts to ensure that the Salton Sea does not become an environmental and public health disaster as a result of the water transfer.”
“The Bureau of Land Management has released its final environmental impact statement for the proposed Ocotillo Sol Solar Energy Project.
“In order to go forward, the proposed project also calls for an amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan, which would identify its proposed site as suitable for solar energy development.”
“A little more than halfway through his term as president of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors, Matt Dessert is appealing for cooperation from the agricultural community, saying that time is of the essence if it wishes to help the IID tackle the many water-use issues it faces.”
“One after another, members of the elite U.S. Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit, BORSTAR, jumped from 25 feet high into blue and white, churning and frothing water Monday as part of water rescue training at the Palo Verde Dam.
“A judge in the coordinated Quantification Settlement Agreement lawsuits denied a request for another 90-day stay of his final decision of the decade-long lawsuits, setting back the Imperial Irrigation District’s attempt to settle the cases with all parties involved.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District has reached an agreement with the California Independent System Operator that allows the IID to control the interconnection and transmission of renewable energy projects in its service territory that bypass the district’s grid.”
“In an effort to extend energy savings benefits to more Imperial Irrigation District customers, the IID Board of Directors on Tuesday, approved modifications to the district’s attic insulation Energy Rewards Program, according to a press release from the district.”
“A proposal by the Imperial Irrigation District to repay the Colorado River system for the 46,546 acre-feet of Colorado River water that it delivered into the Salton Sea in 2010 has received a positive response.
“Improved access to public records, reductions in prison contraband and renegotiating municipal water rates for two Valley cities are just some of the recommendations found in the 2012-2013 Imperial County Grand Jury final report.”
“Concerns over Imperial Irrigation District procurement practices were raised Tuesday as two public relations firms were hired by the Board of Directors to work on matters related to the Quantification Settlement Agreement and the Salton Sea.”