IID Board sets parameters for future Colorado River negotiations
On Monday, November 18, 2019, The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors voted to adopt a resolution setting parameters for future negotiations on the Colorado River.
Below is the text of the press release. We have included the three pages of the unanimously-adopted resolution, as we as a link to the IID website where the resolution may be found.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2019 Contact: Robert Schettler, 1-760-427-5264
IID Board sets parameters for future Colorado River negotiations Expecting new and more challenging negotiations to face the Imperial Irrigation District over Colorado River water in the future, the IID Board of Directors has adopted a set of parameters that define the scope of the district’s role in the coordinated operations of the river.
The parameters, spelled out in a resolution unanimously approved by the IID Board on Monday, protect the district’s right to allocate water, to negotiate with others on the river, to safeguard the Salton Sea and to build coalitions and alliances with those of similar interests.
“IID must be able to effectively negotiate, and have it clearly stated for the entire basin, the nature of the district’s relationship to its water rights,” said Erik Ortega, IID board president. “This will be important as new Colorado River guidelines will go into effect in the coming years.”
IID has a priority right to 40 percent of the water available to the Lower Colorado River Basin. The district has worked for well over five years to develop the parameters of the Drought Contingency Plan, which may remain in force until 2026. Despite IID’s efforts, the district is not a party to the DCP because it does not provide any contingency for the Salton Sea.
The district’s resolution states that the linkage between the Colorado River and the Salton Sea is inextricable and the problem is one that both basins must now reckon with as a community of aligned interests.
“No single agency has a greater stake in the continued viability of the river system and Lake Mead,” added Ortega. “And at the same time, no single agency is in a better position to contribute to, or provide a response for, the river’s changing hydrology due to persistent drought conditions.”
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Please click on the images below to read the three-page resolution, which is also available here.