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Water super region topic of I.V. United discussion

March 28, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Imperial Valley United, a group formed to protect local water rights, has scheduled a panel discussion for Friday to discuss key water issues.

The luncheon will start at noon in the Plaza De La Cultura at the Imperial Valley Expo in Imperial.

The goal of the event is to address whether the Imperial Valley, San Diego County and northern Baja California represent an emerging water super region.

The panel will include Maureen Stapleton, general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority and Andy Horne, president of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors.

Panel members are expected to address the political, economic and environmental issues affecting water and the region's future.

Cathy Kennerson, a member of Imperial Valley United and chief executive officer of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Bureau, said one key goal of the event is to discuss where the Imperial Valley, San Diego and Mexico stand in their use of the Colorado River.


"The idea is to get the issues out on the table and discuss them," Kennerson said.

She added some issues to be discussed would involve the transfer of water between the IID and SDCWA and the proposal by the SDCWA to build an aqueduct from this area to the coast.

Kennerson said the event will bring together the parties to find out issues they have in common and how they can work together.

Imperial Valley United was formed in 1999 by local business, farm and civic leaders interested in working to preserve the Valley's water rights.

The group has incorporated as a nonprofit educational organization.

The group states one of its goals is to make sure the public has a voice in decisions regarding the Valley's water.

All local cities, the county Board of Supervisors and the IID have adopted resolutions endorsing the efforts of the group.

Tickets for the luncheon are $15. Reservations can be made by calling Imperial Valley United at 352-3681.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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