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Alt. Water Transfers

Cover HW Fall 2017

Water sharing and banking, coined "alternative transfer methods" or ATMs, could provide flexibility for stretched water supplies —but not without marked challenges. Read the Fall 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine and explore options to:

  • keep water in farming
  • help municipalities plan ahead
  • share between ag and environmental uses
  • bank water on the Colorado River

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

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Water Education Colorado

Peace on the Colorado River?

Two new lawsuits charge vital economic and environmental impacts ignored

IMPERIAL VALLEY, CA — Less than a month after the Quantitative Settlement Agreement was signed, the deal has already been hit with two lawsuits.

Presented by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, and a dissident faction of farmers known as the Imperial Group, the lawsuits allege that the Imperial Irrigation District did a poor job of assessing potential economic and environmental impacts associated with water to be transferred out of the Imperial Valley into southern California's metropolitan areas.

The Imperial Valley is composed of some 500,000 acres of farmland and 150,000 residents. The County Board of Supervisors contends the QSA does not adequately ensure that the area will not suffer air quality impacts from land fallowing, or from when the Salton Sea is reduced in size and exposes dry lakebeds high in salts and other minerals.

Not only that, but in this relatively isolated valley with an economy heavily reliant on agriculture, they allege that the economic hardships of land fallowing have not been adequately studied. Instead, the County asserts that it will be left with the bulk of the responsibility for mitigating these impacts.

Although some feel that the lawsuit will have little chance of success, they understand the Board's motivations. The Board had been trying to win a seat at the IID/San Diego water transfer and QSA negotiating table for over a year, without result. Now, with an interesting sense of timing, they appear to be looking to re-open the negotiations, and press for more monetary compensation and further detailed impact studies for their county.

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