LA QUINTA — In what could be a shifting momentum against the transfer of water from the Imperial Irrigation District to the San Diego County Water Authority, the IID Board of Directors on a split vote Tuesday agreed to pay another $712,000 for environmental studies.
The vote was 3-2 to pay $500,000 to complete the study associated with the IID/San Diego transfer, and $212,000 for the district's share of the quantification settlement agreement environmental study.
Voting in favor were directors Lloyd Allen, Andy Horne and Rudy Maldonado. Voting against were Bruce Kuhn and Stella Mendoza.
Mendoza ran on a campaign against the transfer and has consistently voted against measures to forward it.
Kuhn in recent weeks has been complaining publicly of the ever-increasing costs associated with what he describes as a simple and straightforward transfer that has now become "a bucket of crap."
Overall, the transfer environmental study is expected to cost $6 million, with IID paying about $3.4 million. By the time the final decision of record is issued by the Department of the Interior, the cost will be another $475,000.