Water Authority Holds Tour Of Critical Water Projects For Imperial Valley representatives

Participants in the San Diego County Water Authority’s Oct. 19, 2017, tour for Imperial Valley representatives pose for a group photograph atop the San Vicente Dam. Along with a tour of the dam raise project, attendees visited the Claude A. “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant and the East County Advanced Water Purification Pilot Program facility.

The Water Authority thanks the 25 representatives from throughout the Imperial Valley who participated in a tour Thursday (Oct. 19) of Water Authority projects in the San Diego region. Representatives from the Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial County, the agricultural and business communities, cities and chambers all joined in the day-long tour. They were joined by Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton and Assistant General Manager Dan Denham, along with Water Authority Board Chairman Mark Muir and Board Members Doug Wilson and Lois Fong-Sakai. Several Water Authority staff also took part in the tour.

The Valley representatives

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A discussion on the State Supreme Court’s recent ruling against a Water Authority petition

Pictured is MWD’s Colorado River Aqueduct through which conserved water from the Imperial Valley is delivered to the San Diego County Water Authority.

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday, Sept. 27, denied a petition by the San Diego County Water Authority to review an appellate court ruling in a case of statewide significance over rates set by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. It is also a matter with potential impacts to the Water Transfer Agreement and the Quantification Settlement Agreement as the rates in question pertain to the “wheeling” or conveyance of conserved transfer water from the Imperial Valley to San Diego.

After winning significant victories in the trial court and the appellate court, the Water Authority petitioned the state Supreme Court in July on one single question: whether MWD may add State Water Project supply costs to the price it charges to transport the Water Authority’s independent

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Water Authority holds public board meeting to discuss alternatives for conveying conserved water

The Water Authority’s independent Colorado River water supplies are delivered through the Colorado River Aqueduct. The Water Authority is assessing potential pipeline and tunnel alignments that could move these supplies from Imperial Dam to San Vicente Reservoir. This map shows alternative routes for such a conveyance system.

The San Diego County Water Authority held a special board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14, to hear information on an upcoming decision related to the future duration of the Water Transfer Agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) and the Exchange Agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). While the initial term of the Transfer Agreement with IID is 45 years (through 2047), the Exchange Agreement to transport the transfer water has an initial term of 35 years (through 2037). The Water Authority has the unilateral option to either end the transfer 10 years early in 2037, or to extend

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