Imperial Irrigation District’s line in the Salton Sea sand

The Imperial Irrigation District board will take up a resolution this afternoon drawing a sharp line. If action isn’t taken to deal with the Salton Sea, the historic early-2000s deal that attempted to untangle California’s Colorado River overallocation (the “Quantification Settlement Agreement” or QSA) “will have been breached”:

Imperial Irrigation District board resolution language

Imperial Irrigation District board resolution language

The full text of the resolution and accompanying memo is here.

4 Comments

  1. Yes, as careful readers of my last book, Water is For Fighting Over, will recall, I’ve been writing about this conflict for a while: “[t]he state’s failure (to keep its Salton Sea commitments) created the risk by the early 2010s that the biggest water-conservation agreement in basin history could fall apart. ‘We’re pretty good at hiring attorneys over the QSA,’ Shields, the Imperial Irrigation District’s water manager, told the audience at a water law conference in the spring of 2015.”

  2. This is all about positioning. With the up coming re-up of the 2007 interim guidelines, Salton sea, increased ICS, and the ownership of conserved water (ability to profit) in the balance.

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