The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors voted at its meeting Tuesday to enter into an agreement whereby the district will be reimbursed up to $126 million to line the All-American Canal.
Under the definitions of the agreement between IID and the Department of Water Resources, the All-American Canal lining project "shall mean the canal-lining work proposed to be undertaken to construct a 23-mile concrete-lined canal parallel to the existing AAC, from one mile west of Pilot Knob to Drop 3…"
Part of California's Colorado River Use Plan, which aims to reduce the state's use of Colorado River water, calls for conservation methods such as the lining of portions of the All-American Canal and its Coachella branch.
To implement the Colorado River Use Plan, several agencies, including IID, must enter into a Quantification Settlement Agreement. DWR reimbursement is contingent upon the Quantification Settlement Agreement becoming effective.