Money will be at the heart of Tuesday's meeting of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors.
The board will be asked to pay $1.1 million for its consultant, CH2M Hill, to prepare the IID/San Diego County Water Authority transfer final environmental study/habitat conservation plan. Of that money, $287,375 is for cost overruns due to changes to the draft environmental study "required by" the Coachella Valley Water District, the printing and distribution of additional copies of a much larger-than-thought draft document and additional consultant consultations, among other reasons.
The district floated $23 million in bonds to cover expenditures associated with the transfer. Of the $6.3 million environmental study, IID's share is 65 percent. The remainder, 35 percent, is the responsibility of the San Diego County Water Authority, which to date has paid $1.7 million, according to an IID staff report.
The IID board meets in open session at 5 p.m. in the William R. Condit Auditorium, 1285 Broadway, El Centro.