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IID looking at $126 million canal-lining deal

July 23, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Tuesday may approve a funding agreement with the state Department of Water Resources to line portions of the All-American Canal and the Coachella branch of the canal.

At its meeting, the board may vote to enter into the agreement calling for DWR to reimburse IID for all costs up to $126 million associated with the canal-lining project. Staff recommends entering into the agreement, which has been reviewed and approved by IID's legal advisers.

The lining of the canal would conserve 67,700 acre-feet of water annually lost to seepage. This water would be made available to IID and other parties subject to terms and conditions of the Quantification Settlement Agreement and related documents, according to agenda packet information.

At the recommendation of staff and the Water Consumers Advisory Board, the board may vote to approve changes to the tailwater box replacement program.


The changes will reduce the replacement period from six months to 45 days.

Under the current program, IID or a contractor replaces noncompliant structures at the end of six months if the landowner/water user has not done so him or herself. The landowner/water user is then billed, a process that has resulted in $70,000 of uncollected charges.

Under the proposed changes, if the tailwater structure has not been replaced in 45 days, water will be discontinued or refused.

The board will also:

l receive the second-quarter financial report

l receive updates on environmental processes and costs related to the Quantification Settlement Agreement and the water transfer

l be asked to authorize design and construction of the IID gallery's second phase at Pioneers Museum

l discuss and/or approve changing IID meeting times from 5 p.m. to 1 p.m.

l receive an update on the first phase of the district-wide efficiency study and may take action on several recommendations by the company conducting the study

l receive an update on IID's urban water management plan and possibly authorize the release of the plan for public review, schedule a public hearing and approve submitting the final draft to DWR

l and discuss and possibly take action on a request by the Coachella Valley Boys and Girls Club to absorb all or part of the cost to relocate two power poles.

The board will meet in open session at 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1285 Broadway in El Centro.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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