Water Authority Extends Key Agreement For Ten Years; A Move That Supports The Water Transfer with IID

Pictured is the San Diego County Water Authority’s headquarters in Kearny Mesa where the Water Authority Board voted Thursday, Dec. 7, to extend a key agreement with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for the conveyance of conserved transfer water.

In a unanimous decision that upholds the Water Transfer Agreement between the San Diego County Water Authority and the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) through 2047, the Water Authority Board of Directors on Thursday, Dec. 7, extended a key agreement for the conveyance of the conserved transfer water. The action represents a critical milestone in the water transfer and the Quantification Settlement Agreement, ensuring the continuation of a reliable water supply to the San Diego region and the funding to IID that supports the district’s conservation program.

At issue was the Exchange Agreement between the Water Authority and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). When IID and the Water Authority negotiated

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Water Authority Applauds Renewed State Commitment to Restoring the Salton Sea

Bruce Wilcox, assistant secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency in charge of Salton Sea Policy, speaks during the California Water Resources Control Board hearing on the Salton Sea today, Nov. 7, in Los Angeles. The State Water Board has voted in favor of a revised order that supports the 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and sets milestones for the State to meet in addressing restoration at the Sea.

The San Diego County Water Authority today commended the State Water Resources Control Board for setting annual milestones for state restoration activities at the Salton Sea and a Dec. 31, 2022, deadline for the state to deliver long-term Salton Sea restoration plans.

At its meeting in Los Angeles, the State Water Board revised its 2002 order that

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Critical State Water Board Vote on Salton Sea Set for Nov. 7 and 8.

The Salton Sea as pictured from Obsidian Butte in the sea’s southeast section. In the distance is a geothermal plant.

The California Water Resources Control Board (the Board) has announced it will hold a public hearing during its regularly scheduled board session on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8.  During this meeting, the Board will consider action on a Draft Stipulated Order amending the 2002 Water Rights Order that approved the long-term transfer of water from the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) to the San Diego County Water Authority (Water Authority). The amended order, if approved, would further address the Salton Sea, establishing annual milestones the State must meet as part of its Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP) Phase One Ten-Year Plan. The two-day meeting will be held at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Los Angeles headquarters.

The Board scheduling a vote on the Draft Stipulated Order is a positive step forward

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