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IID board approves spending $33,000 for assistance in finalizing transfer study

February 20, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

On a split vote, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approved spending $33,600 to provide technical assistance in responding to comments and finalizing the environmental study for the quantification settlement agreement.

Directors Lloyd Allen, Andy Horne and Rudy Maldonado voted aye, while Directors Bruce Kuhn and Stella Mendoza voted no.

The QSA includes a number of water projects and temporary peace on the river. The IID and the Coachella Valley Water District would agree to not challenge the other's use of water, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California would agree to not challenge IID's use of water for at least 20 years, maybe longer.

The purpose of the QSA also is to agree upon a plan for the future distribution of Colorado River water among Coachella, IID, MWD and San Diego for 75 years; to facilitate agreements and actions that would ensure the certainty and/or reliability of Colorado River supplies; to assist the water agencies in meeting their water demands without exceeding California's apportionment of Colorado River water, 4.4 million acre-feet during normal flows; to identify agreed-upon terms and conditions for the conservation and transfer of specific amounts of Colorado River water within the state; and to provide incentives to promote conservation of Colorado River water.


In other business, the board received an update on the efficiency study by Gabe Marcial, the information technology manager leading committee efforts to implement the study. He told the board the study will be implemented using continuous measurable improvement initiative principles, and that district staff will be trained in those principles.

"These are the principles and foundation that will help us get there," he said.

The board also received updates on three of the study's areas, including vehicle-fleet management, billing and water fulfillment.

Regarding vehicles, several board members emphasized that vehicles needed for emergency response and service calls are not being cut back, and the rumor that zanjeros will have to use their own vehicles on the job is false.

The board also approved spending $82,980 for the development of a plan for the ongoing environmental inspection of all IID facilities to ensure compliance where required.

The board also approved a three-year lease extension with this newspaper for a district power office in Brawley.

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

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