Water workshop postponed

May 01, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

The All Valley Water Workshop scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because the governor has ordered that land fallowing be the source of water conservation for the water transfer.

IID Division 4 Director Rudy Maldonado said the meeting was canceled because the governor's office has apparently already made its decision on the transfer.

Gov. Gray Davis, through his cabinet secretary, reportedly ordered members of the IID Board of Directors to "seriously consider" fallowing as a means of water conservation for transfer and to help save the Salton Sea. Davis administration officials publicly disagree with the interpretation of the meeting.


District 4 county Supervisor Gary Wyatt said the meeting is merely delayed to give the IID board time to respond to the governor's order.

"We believe the meeting will occur later on as this particular issue is dealt with and resolved," Wyatt said. "IID will need to address the issue first."

Saturday's day-long workshop was to discuss how the water transfer from the IID to the San Diego County Water Authority might benefit the entire Imperial Valley. The workshop was scheduled for the Imperial Valley Expo.

The transfer will move up to 200,000 acre-feet yearly to San Diego and another 100,000 acre-feet annually to the Coachella Valley Water District and/or the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The transfer to San Diego will begin with 20,000 acre-feet in the first year of the deal and ramp up annually by an equal amount until an agreed-to amount is reached — between 130,000 and 200,000 acre-feet.

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

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