I.V. United fights entitlement water

November 27, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Local advocacy group Imperial Valley United unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the use of so-called Imperial Irrigation District entitlement water to help restore the Salton Sea.

I.V. United co-chairman Larry Bratton said the group decided to make such water available for restoring the sea would likely lead to similar future requests.

"We feel that it's a threat to our water rights," he said.

IID — which has an elastic water right — typically receives about 3.1 million acre-feet yearly from the Colorado River, the vast majority of which is used for agriculture. Under pending transfers of conserved water, the district will voluntarily limit that elastic right to 3.1 million for about 20 years. Of that amount about 500,000 will be transferred outside the Imperial Valley.

I.V. United co-chairman John Pierre Menvielle said the group's opposition includes supplying water to the sea for free, as is being proposed by the Salton Sea Authority.


"We're not going to do that," Menvielle said.

The group's resolution does not mention fallowing.

"Fallowing is a separate issue, as we see it," Bratton said.

Imperial Valley United is a coalition of agriculture, business and government. It was formed in 1998 to protect the Valley's water rights.

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

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