The State Water Resources Control Board will begin its review of the Imperial Irrigation District's water conservation and transfer agreement with the San Diego County Water Authority at a public hearing at 10 a.m. Monday in Holtville.
A joint petition filed by IID and the SDCWA prompted the hearing that starts a series of sessions that will continue in Sacramento through May. The hearing is a condition of the water transfer agreement that calls for the transfer of between 130,000 and 200,000 acre-feet of conserved water between IID and SDCWA.
The hearing will also review an additional transfer of 100,000 acre-feet between IID and the Coachella Valley Water District and/or the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This transfer is part of what is called the quantification settlement agreement, through which the four Southern California water agencies have come up with a regional water use to help the state cut its overreliance on the Colorado River.