Supervisors addressing water swap impact report

April 22, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors is getting involved again in the hotly debated Imperial Irrigation District-San Diego County Water Authority water transfer.

The board is scheduled to discuss and respond to the water transfer's draft environmental impact report at its meeting Tuesday.

The board needs to take a strong position on the water transfer to assure long-term water rights are protected and quality of life in the Imperial Valley is maintained, a letter from county Planning Department Director Jurg Heuberger states.

The board is the primary legislative body mandated to protect agricultural resources but also to protect the Salton Sea, Heuberger's letter states.


The deadline for public review and comments to the draft is April 26.

The supervisors also are scheduled to award $250,000 to Nolte Associates of Sacramento to plan a system of wetlands and sediment deposit basins along the entire length of the New and Alamo rivers. The money comes from a grant by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

The board also is scheduled to:

· discuss and possibly take action on a county/county Office of Education joint-use facility at McCabe and Clark roads;

· sell tax-defaulted land to the state for the Ocotillo Wells off-road recreation area;

· sell tax-defaulted land to the Riverside Land Conservancy;

· sell tax-defaulted land at Bombay Beach and Salton Sea Beach to the Coachella Valley Water District;

· spend $46,241 to connect the law enforcement coordinator center facility (Imperial Valley Drug Coalition facility) to the Sheriff's Office database;

· apply for a $63,580 waste tire enforcement grant;

· award a $125,000 contract for phases 5 and 6 of the County Administration Center office remodel project.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the board chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. Meeting agendas are available online at:

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