Supervisors consider backing Hunter water-rights legislation

May 13, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors will consider writing a letter supporting proposed legislation by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, on Colorado River water rights and water allocation.

Hunter's bill, H.R. 2764, titled the "Colorado River Quantification Settlement Facilitation Act," states it will address Colorado River water management and provide money for habitat enhancement projects at the Salton Sea.

A press release from Hunter states the bill is aimed at protecting Southern California's water resources and restoration efforts at the Salton Sea.


U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, R-Palm Springs, represents the northern end of the Salton Sea and is a strong advocate for its preservation. Bono is not listed as a co-sponsor of the bill.

No action has been taken on the bill since Aug. 20, 2001, when it was referred to the U.S. Department of the Interior for comment.

The board also is scheduled to:

· discuss fees for countywide tire disposal and cleanup;

· consider accepting $39,529.09 from the Calipatria Joint Venture Program to be used for a victim-witness trust fund;

· as the county Air Pollution Control District board, discuss and possibly purchase a compressed natural gas vehicle;

· consider supporting H.R. 3962, federal legislation that would limit a federal land management agency such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from acquiring land in counties with large federal land holdings.

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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