On Thursday, Jan. 11., representatives from parties engaged in the Salton Sea struck an optimistic tone regarding the Sea’s future during a water and energy summit sponsored by the Desert Sun newspaper, held in Palm Springs. The Salton Sea has continuously been a key focus of the annual summit, but this year was different—more positive—and Read More
In ringing in a new year, there is much to discuss in the world of water, specifically when it comes to the Colorado River, the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), and the Water Transfer Agreement between the Water Authority and the Imperial Irrigation District. This year, 2018, brings with it critical milestones Read More
The year was 1908.
Hardy McConnell and his son Leslie were drawn by vast open lands and the great potential of the rugged, undeveloped Imperial Valley. Father and son left Temescal Canyon, near Corona, enroute to settle in the Imperial Valley, driving two teams of horses pulling wagons, hauling farm implements, chickens and leading a cow.
It took fourteen days to cross through the mountains and desert and arrive in Imperial. When they arrived, they went to work turning stretches of sand dunes into productive farmland using teams of horses and Fresno Scrapers.
It was Hardy who founded McConnell Ranch in the Imperial Valley. Today, 110 years later, the Read More