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CAC sets public workshop on transfer

March 20, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

Final efforts to ensure the public is informed about the transfer of water from the Imperial Valley to San Diego and prepared to comment on the draft environmental study are under way by the Imperial Irrigation District's community advisory commission.

The commission has set the stage for a public workshop at which representatives of the big four Southern California water agencies, among others, will present their views on a variety of issues related to the transfer.

"This is reaching out to people who have not been involved in the system before," said Dilda McFadden, chairman of the CAC outreach subcommittee.

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The workshop — whose agenda reads more like a conference — is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 27 in the William R. Condit Auditorium, 1285 Broadway, El Centro.

Topics include state and federal government issues, regional water realities, the water transfer, environmental issues and economic issues.

Representatives have been invited to speak from the San Diego County Water Authority, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Coachella Valley Water District, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the state Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Salton Sea Authority, Defenders of Wildlife, the Planning and Conservation League, the West Shores Chamber of Commerce, local agriculture, local business, the Bureau of Reclamation and the IID.

McFadden said by the time the presentations are completed, and after questions are answered, the public should be in a good position to make informed comments on the transfer when a public hearing is staged April 3 in El Centro.

Comments on the draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement also will be taken April 2 in La Quinta and April 4 in San Diego.

In other CAC business, the group is continuing its efforts to reach consensus on its report on the expected socioeconomic impacts of the transfer.

To that end, the economist hired to review certain economic impact reports related to the draft EIR/EIS and fallowing will make a preliminary report at Tuesday's CAC meeting.

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

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