New Year Brings Important Milestones and Developments; Represents an Opportunity to Forge a Positive Path Forward

An image of the All-American Canal in the Imperial Valley taken at sunrise.

This new year is a critical one in several ways, bringing with it challenges but also opportunities to determine a path forward when it comes to protecting water supplies for both the needs of today and generations to come. As 2021 rolls forward, it is worth looking at some of the key milestones this year. As we think about this year and by extension the years to come, it is also important to consider the efforts of current and past generations who have found a way to work through controversy, come together and take steps meant to preserve this essential natural resource so that today we have a foundation to build upon.

One important milestone this year is that the conserved water transfer agreement between the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) and the San Diego County Water

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State’s SCH project moves forward at Salton Sea—a positive sign as a new year begins

In this photo from the California Natural Resources Agency, the early phases of construction of the Species Conservation Habitat Project, a critical component of the state’s Salton Sea Management Program, get underway at the southeast corner of the sea. The project will lead to the building of over 4,100 acres of ponds meant to support fish life, which in turn is meant to preserve the sea for migratory birds while helping to protect human health from exposed playa.

As 2021 kicks off, there is going to be a lot to discuss in blogs on this IV-San Diego Currents site—a site dedicated to sharing information on critical water issues as well as community features that showcase people, organizations and programs all making a difference in the Imperial Valley. For today’s blog, there is some positive news to report from the California Natural Resources Agency’s (CNRA) Salton Sea Management Program (SSMP). Work

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Water Authority Board Approves Next Phase of Regional Water Conveyance System Study

The Colorado River Aqueduct is shown in this photograph. Currently, the San Diego County Water Authority receives its Quantification Settlement Agreement water supplies through the aqueduct. However, the Water Authority is undertaking a Regional Conveyance System Study to explore whether it would be more cost effective and provide mutual benefits throughout California’s Southwest to build a direct conveyance system between Imperial and San Diego counties. On Thursday, November 19, the Water Authority approved moving forward with Phase B of the study.

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday, November 19, authorized staff to launch the next phase of a study assessing options for long-term water deliveries to sustain the region’s safe and reliable Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) supplies, initiating a phase that will further develop how the proposed project would benefit not only San Diego County, but other stakeholders throughout the Southwest.

The decision follows

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