The Calexico City Council is going to consider its role in forming a joint powers authority to consider the water issues that affect that city and the Imperial Valley. It is an idea proposed by a top official with the state Regional Water Quality Control Board.
It is an interesting proposal, one that deserves exploring, but we have some concerns that we hope will be addressed before any action is taken.
The idea was proposed by Phil Gruenberg, executive officer of the water board. According to Gruenberg, such a joint powers authority could include members from eight other "lead agencies" such as the Salton Sea Authority, the Imperial Irrigation District and county representatives. Gruenberg reportedly will be making his way to other governmental bodies in the Imperial and Coachella valleys suggesting the joint powers idea.
It is an interesting idea because, as Gruenberg said, it could give local authorities a stronger lobbying voice at both the state and federal levels. It could give those involved in such an authority more leverage in seeking funds for issues such as the cleanup of the New River, one of the dirtiest waterways in the nation.