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Economic impacts of fallowing study will be reviewed at public meeting

October 25, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

A study of the local economic impacts of fallowing will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting Tuesday.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Imperial Irrigation District's William R. Condit Auditorium, 1285 Broadway, El Centro. The meeting will be a joint one between the IID's community advisory commission and Imperial Valley United.

The economic study will be presented by Tom Kirk, executive director of the Salton Sea Authority, and Robert Johnson, regional director of the Bureau of Reclamation, whose regional economist for the lower Colorado River basin performed the study.

The study was presented at last week's Salton Sea Authority Board of Directors meeting.

The study discusses several methods of fallowing farmland to generate 200,000 acre-feet yearly of water for delivery to the Salton Sea. That amount of water is equal to what is being considered for transfer from the IID to the San Diego County Water Authority.


Ultimately, about 500,000 acre-feet could leave the Valley under a number of transfer agreements, including those already under way.

There will also be a general discussion of a Salton Sea Authority draft report of alternatives under consideration for restoring the sea. The cost of each alternative depends on the amount of water that would still flow into the sea after the various transfers. That inflow, in turn, is a deciding factor on how much salt must be removed for successful restoration. The report is not yet completed.

Also on the meeting agenda is an update on the status of the IID/San Diego County Water Authority transfer environmental impact report/environmental impact statement.

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

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