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Scope, qualification for IID review set

December 12, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

An Imperial Irrigation District commission finalized the scope of work and qualifications for an independent economist to review two economic studies.

The IID community advisory commission decided the economist must be knowledgeable in agricultural economics and any other specialties of candidates can be found out during the interview process.

The economic studies to be reviewed include that which will be in the forthcoming draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement for the IID/San Diego County Water Authority water transfer due out Jan. 11 and the study in the Salton Sea restoration project draft alternatives report as it applies to fallowing.

CAC member Jim Duggins urged the commission to make the qualifications of the economist loose in order to broaden the number of people who might respond to the request for qualifications. He also said the commission should provide the economist with as much information as possible without conveying an expected outcome of the review.

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Ike Adams said time is short and asked the commission to omit a requirement that the economist be knowledgeable of water law. The commission agreed.

The independent analysis is expected to cover the following:

· a review of the professional standards used in development of the reports, and were the reports prepared to generally accepted professional standards?

· a review of the data in the studies, including the economic model used, any assumptions, a comparison of the data and whether any conclusions are supported by the data in each study.

· an analysis evaluating the short-term and long-range economic impacts of a water transfer as presented in the studies.

· a review of literature to identify economic impacts/benefits of similar areas in the country that have lost agricultural water.

· in the event of negative impacts, what mitigation measures might be appropriate.

The CAC expects applications to be submitted by Dec. 28.

The IID Board of Directors last week approved spending up to $20,000 on the review. To exceed that amount would require further approval.

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

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