When did the San Diego County Water Authority open an office in the Imperial Valley?

Darren Simon
QSA Outreach Coordinator
San Diego County Water Authority


When did the San Diego County Water Authority open an office in the Imperial Valley, and what is the purpose for having an office and a staff member in the Imperial Valley? Is it because you are looking for further water transfers from the Imperial Valley?



Great question. The Water Authority opened an office in the Imperial Valley in 2005, a couple of years after the signing of the Quantification Settlement Agreement.  It was a critical time in the implementation of the QSA. A number of issues were taking place then. For one, the Water Authority, the State and the Imperial Irrigation District were hard at work on developing the All-American Canal Lining Project, a critical component of the QSA. Additionally, the QSA was facing legal challenges. Then, the Water Authority and IID were working through

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