LA QUINTA — What will it cost to mitigate the environmental impacts of the pending transfer of water out of the Imperial Valley?
That question was discussed by the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors at Tuesday's meeting. IID, under terms of the water transfer agreement with the San Diego County Water Authority, has an upward limit of $30 million over the life of the 75-year deal for environmental impacts.
The district has already put SDCWA on notice that it appears that amount could be exceeded. A second letter re-emphasizing the potential costs and IID's options is reportedly being drafted.
The IID board may cancel the transfer if in its sole discretion the cost of environmental mitigation will exceed the $30 million. At the same time, if other parties step forward offering to pay the cost of mitigation, the transfer would likely proceed.