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Gateway seeks county support on $2.55 million USDA loan

July 23, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Gateway of the Americas project landowners will ask the county Board of Supervisors to approve a resolution in support of a $2.55 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to finance the already-pipelined South Alamo Canal.

At the time the canal was to be pipelined, the Gateway landowners paid $1.625 million up-front to the Imperial Irrigation District. Cost overruns raised the price to $2.55, with IID paying the additional amount.

If the 30-year loan is obtained, the money would go to pay back the landowners and IID, and the landowners would repay the loan over the 30 years. By 2011, IID would pay its 75 percent of cost of the pipelining to the USDA.

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

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The board also will be asked by IID to support the so-called Colorado River Quantification Settlement Facilitation Act, which is in support of the district's quantification settlement, California's Colorado River Use Plan and the restoration of the Salton Sea. The act, among other things, is expected to provide $60 million toward the sea's recovery.

Sitting as the county Air Pollution Control District, the board will hold a 1:30 p.m. public hearing to consider revisions to certain air pollution discharges under Rule 403. The revisions would be to specify the limits of combustion contaminants from new or existing stationary electrical utility generating units and to specify test methods for compliance with the rule.

The board will consider a request to seek a $349,800 grant from the State Water Resources Control Board to reduce nonpoint source pollution of salt and selenium to the New and Alamo rivers and Salton Sea. The project would be carried out by the county and Desert Wildlife Unlimited Inc. A $233,200 in-kind contribution match is required. The match would be shared equally between the two.

The project would involve the construction of wetlands to reduce salt and selenium.

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

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