Water Authority challenge of MWD water conveyance rates has far-reaching impacts

The Water Authority’s wheeling rate case against MWD could have implications that not only affect how government agencies charge for the movement of water, but also affect the Water Authority/IID Water Transfer Agreement.

The San Diego County Water Authority has petitioned the State Supreme Court to consider and reverse a recent ruling by the First District Court of Appeal on a matter stemming from the Water Authority’s ongoing water wheeling rate case against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. A pending decision by the State’s highest court on whether to hear the matter or not could have far-reaching implications across California that would not only impact how agencies can charge customers for the movement of water but also potentially impact the future of the Water Transfer Agreement between the Water Authority and the Imperial Irrigation District.

In 2010 and 2012, the Water Authority filed lawsuits against MWD arguing that MWD

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Public Workshops shed light on State’s Salton Sea Management Program

Vivien L. Maisonneuve of the Department of Water Resources discusses the State’s Salton Sea Management Program ten-year phase one projects with residents in Brawley on June 22, 2017.

On Wednesday, June 22, the Del Rio Community Center in Brawley was the site of one in a series of public workshops organized by the State to highlight the implementation of the 10-Year Phase I Plan of the Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP). The current slate of workshops represents a second-round of community meetings during which the State is rolling out its restoration concept for the Salton Sea—a phased approach meant to address air quality and provide for habitat. The first round of workshops occurred last summer and fall and at that time the focus was on discussing in more general terms the goals and objectives of the SSMP. Now the State has further developed its initial 10-year program with an estimated

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A look at San Diego County’s growing agriculture economy

A photo of an avocado grove owned and operated by Escondido farmer John Burr. He uses micro sprinklers on his groves as one of the tools to help manage water use.

On Friday, June 9, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Colorado River Program (CRP) team had a chance to meet with the San Diego County Farm Bureau and tour an avocado farm tucked in the hillsides of Escondido. It was a fascinating experience to learn what drives San Diego agriculture from the region’s leading crops, to the conservation taking place (and why it takes place), to the kind of technology gaining traction that enables farmers to manage their water.

The CRP team would like to thank Farm Bureau Executive Director Eric Larson and avocado farmer John Burr for their time.

First, a look at the numbers:

San Diego County has 251,000 acres of agricultural land generating $5.1 billion for the economy.
Some 200,000

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