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Supervisors to consider wetlands grant

February 26, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

An inventory of the county's wetlands could be developed and implemented if a $290,000 grant can be obtained from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The county Board of Supervisors will be asked Tuesday to approve seeking the grant.

The project is expected to provide a description of sites in Imperial County, specifically in terms of their physical characteristics, habitat quality and opportunities and constraints for the enhancement of wetlands sites.

The board meets in open session at 9:30 a.m. in the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro.

It's anticipated the proposed wetlands inventory will provide a countywide assessment of wetland values, identify local restoration goals, forward site-specific criteria that should result in a high likelihood of project success and identify at least 20 to 30 potential sites in the designated regions that meet certain specific criteria, the application states.

The project is expected to generate vital information necessary and important to help review the effectiveness and efficiency of the recently funded wetlands demonstration projects. The projects are near Brawley and Imperial.

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Sitting as the Air Pollution Control District board, the supervisors will be asked to authorize $25,000 be spent on a photovoltaic feasibility study for the Brawley beef-processing plant. The project's full cost is $50,000. The Imperial Irrigation District will be asked to contribute the other $25,000.

The purpose of the feasibility study would be to reduce the peak load demand on IID's electrical system, generate cost-effective renewable electricity at peak periods, minimize and offset air emissions to the air shed and optimize the beef plant building's performance and energy efficiencies.

The peak power demand expected from the beef plant is 7.5 megawatts.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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