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IIDCAC to hear draft independent review Tuesday

March 25, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

An independent review of the economic impacts of the different methods for conserving water — including fallowing — listed in the Imperial Irrigation District/San Diego water transfer draft environmental impact report will be presented Tuesday.

The study was commissioned by the IID's community advisory commission, and it will include a review of a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation report on what the economic impacts to the Imperial Valley might be from farmland fallowing.

The briefing will be in the form of a draft report and likely only will identify flaws in the methodology used to conduct the transfer studies. The report is not expected to provide new data in place of those in the studies under review and there will likely be a recommendation that the IID Board of Directors commission a new study to produce new data if desired.

The CAC meets at 6 p.m. in the William R. Condit Auditorium, 1285 Broadway, El Centro.

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Also on the agenda are presentations of an on-farm water conservation plan recently introduced by the Imperial County Farm Bureau and a plan by El Centro businessman Larry Bratton.

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

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