IID: Broken tailwater box could mean no water

October 12, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Got a broken tailwater box?

If any of your tailwater boxes are in such condition that the Imperial Irrigation District cannot measure the flow of your field's runoff, you will soon know about it.

The district is primed to enforce regulation 39 that allows for a cutoff of water if after a 45-day notification, tailwater boxes are not fixed. The district will begin notifying appropriate farmers this month.

The regulation was briefly discussed at Thursday's meeting of the IID's water conservation advisory board.

Water Department Manager Mike King estimated 25 percent, or 1,500, of 6,000 tailwater boxes need some kind of repair. He said notifications will likely include what needs to be corrected with a given box, as well as follow-up letters when a box is in proper working condition.


IID personnel cannot properly measure runoff at a box that is broken.

In other business, the WCAB was shown a videotape from the Imperial County Farm Bureau on methods to reduce silt in farm runoff. The Farm Bureau has 300 of the tapes. They are intended to be shown to irrigators. The audio is in Spanish, and there are subtitles in English.

Imperial Valley farmers are under state order to reduce silt in runoff by 50 percent.

The Farm Bureau will have three workshops next week to distribute the tapes.

The WCAB was notified that a total maximum daily load will be developed for nutrients in the Salton Sea. A technical advisory group has been formed, and the first meeting will be Nov. 7 in the La Quinta area. Because the sea receives water from Imperial and Riverside counties, the advisory group will meet in both counties.

The TMDL is expected to take three years to develop.

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

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