Palo Verde Irrigation District Celebrates One Hundred Years, Looks Toward the Future and Continued Collaboration

This image provides a view of the farmland west of the town of Palo Verde in the south end of the Palo Verde Valley. Agriculture in the Palo Verde Valley is served by the Palo Verde Irrigation District (PVID), which this year is celebrating its centennial. Photo provided by PVID.

On the far northeastern corner of Imperial County and extending into Riverside County sits the Palo Verde Valley, where a tapestry of farmland fulfills the pioneering vision of those who came before and saw what this unique environment could create. Today, thanks to the support of the Palo Verde Irrigation District (PVID), agriculture continues to thrive in that valley despite the challenging times caused by climate change. This year, PVID is celebrating its centennial as an irrigation district, and this blog would like to recognize that important milestone.

The history of agriculture in the Palo Verde Valley highlights

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Landmark Water Pact Marks Its 20th year; Stands as a Model for Collaboration on the River

Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Jamie Asbury delivers opening remarks during a dedication ceremony held October 11 for the Lloyd Allen Water Conservation Operational Reservoir, built east of the city of Calipatria in northern Imperial County. The reservoir, named after the late Lloyd Allen, who served five terms on the IID Board of Directors before his passing in 2006, was built with funding from the 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement and is the first mid-lateral reservoir IID has built under its system conservation program. The dedication ceremony took place as IID commemorated the QSA’s 20th anniversary.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), a landmark set of agreements that ushered in a period of peace on the Colorado river through its multi-layered system of benefits to urban and ag water users, the state and federal governments, and ultimately the entire Colorado River

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Dan Denham Appointed GM of San Diego County Water Authority

Dan Denham, general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority.

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously on August 24 to appoint Dan Denham as general manager, following the retirement of former General Manager Sandra L. Kerl in June.

Denham has served in several leadership capacities with the Water Authority for the past 17 years, including his most recent post as deputy general manager. In that role, he oversaw the MWD and Colorado River programs, along with the Engineering, Water Resources, and Operations & Maintenance departments. Denham also continues to oversee the implementation of the conserved water transfer agreement between the Water Authority and the Imperial Irrigation District, the cornerstone of the 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement. The QSA has enabled California to live within its 4.4 million-acre-foot annual apportionment of the Colorado River and helped support the long-term management of the river. As

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