The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors will consider spending an additional $100,000 for the completion of the water transfer draft environmental impact report.
The board meets in open session at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the William R. Condit Auditorium, 1285 Broadway, El Centro.
The additional amount is needed because there were more comments on the draft EIR than expected, the need for rebuttal testimony at the ongoing state Water Resources Control Board hearings on the transfer petition and that the final EIR's executive summary and environmental justice sections must be translated into Spanish.
The district has spent about $6 million to date on the EIR process, including $780,135 for the final phase.
In a related matter, the board will consider an additional $50,000 to retain the professional services of former IID employee John Eckhardt for negotiations of the transfer's habitat conservation plan and as an expert witness at the state board hearing. A previous $150,000 in additional funds was approved in January.