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July 25, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

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.


Project costs eligible for reimbursement by DWR include planning, environmental compliance and permitting, design, construction and implementation of environmental mitigation measures.

The lining of the All-American Canal has long been viewed as an effective way to conserve the 67,700 acre-feet of water annually lost to seepage in the canal.

Federal legislation was enacted in 1988 to line the AAC and its Coachella branch. Ten years later, the California Legislature passed a bill authorizing $200 million to be used by DWR to finance and arrange for the lining of portions of the All-American and the Coachella branch.

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

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