Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: IVPress HomeCollectionsIid

Water transfer review hearing Monday

April 21, 2002

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.

Advertisement

Monday's hearing before the state board hearing panel will be in the Barbara Worth Golf Resort at 2050 Country Club Drive in Holtville. Resources control board member Richard Katz and state board Hearing Officer Arthur G. Baggett Jr. will make up the hearing panel that will take testimony in the matter.

At Monday's hearing, individuals and organizations that signed up by the state deadline have the opportunity to submit non-evidentiary policy statements concerning the transfer agreement. The evidentiary portion of the hearing moves to Sacramento on Tuesday.

The state board has divided the evidentiary hearing into two phases. The first phase will consider legal issues, water rights issues, IID's water conservation program and other key aspects of the transfers. The second phase of the hearing, which is set to begin April 30, will cover environmental issues surrounding the transfers.

The Sacramento portion of the hearing will be held in the Joe Serna Jr./California Environmental Protection Agency building, Sierra Room, 1001 I St.

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles
|
|
|