The first steps toward approval of an independent study of the economic impacts of fallowing and the water-conservation alternatives in the draft environmental study for the pending water transfer was approved Wednesday.
The action came on a unanimous vote by the Imperial Irrigation District's community advisory commission at the urging of district officials. The group settled on seven people to develop a request for qualifications and scope of work.
The study will take an independent look at a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation report on what the economic impacts would be to the Imperial Valley from fallowing. The study will review the economic impacts of the different methods for conserving water — including fallowing — that will be listed in the IID/San Diego County Water Authority draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement due out in January.
To do so, however, the CAC and IID board must act quickly because once the draft EIR/EIS is released, there likely will only be 90 days to comment on it.