Fields in the same farm unit can share water. The farm unit is a grouping of a single water user’s agricultural water accounts. All billing and ordering of water for the individual accounts remains the same, but apportionment authorized to be shared within the farm unit may be used by any field in any of the associated accounts you specify on the Farm Unit Designation (FUD) form. You do not need to designate a farm unit if you have done so in the past or if you only have one water account.
How much apportionment should I accept? How much water will my farm use?
If there have been no changes to your farm’s composition or farming practices, your previous year’s use is a good starting point. For help in developing a farm water budget, please contact IID or Dr. Khaled Bali from the local University of California Cooperative Extension at (760) 352-7471 or email@example.com.
What do I do if I think my farm will need more water?
IID administers an active Agricultural Water Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse processes requests for additional water and offers to return water once each month using the Clearinghouse Notice of Transfer (CNT) form. Water from the Clearinghouse is available at the same delivery rate as all agricultural water; there is no markup or additional fee. No payments are made to users offering water, but they are relieved of the take-or-pay obligation for any water accepted for transfer through the Clearinghouse. Clearinghouse forms are available at www.iid.com/edpforms.
There is also a small reserve of water available at the beginning of the year for high water users. Subject to availability, this water must be applied for in early 2015 and there may be additional requirements attached to water from the reserve. Any remaining reserve balance will be made available to all users through the Clearinghouse.
Where can I find the forms? What if I need additional forms?
Does my accepted apportionment affect my apportionment next year?
Does transferring to another field or using the Clearinghouse affect my apportionment next year? No. The current apportionment methodology and eligibility criteria do not look at past acceptance or rejection of apportionment. Historical use only refers to actual delivered water volume to a particular field. The apportionment and any transfers of water apportioned to a field within farm units or through the Agricultural Water Clearinghouse are only applicable to the relevant calendar year and do not create any rights to that apportionment in future years.
How was the apportionment calculated for my fields?
To be eligible for an agricultural water apportionment, a field must be connected to IID’s canal system, current with its water availability charges and water bills, larger than 5 acres in size, and used for crop production, duck ponds or algae farming. Delinquent fields will not receive an apportionment for 2015.
The apportionment for each eligible agricultural acre is within the range of 2.86 and 7.86 acre-feet per acre. It was calculated by adding two components:
50% of the average annual historical use calculated for the field from 2003 to 2012, excluding the highest and lowest years; the maximum that historical use can contribute to the apportionment is capped at 5 acre-feet per acre (for example, a field with an 8 AF/ac average would get 4.0 AF/ac, a field with a 10.5 AF/ac average would get 5.0 AF/ac); and
A straight-line component of 2.86 acre-feet per acre.
What if I believe there is a verifiable error in the apportionment calculation or account summary?
If you have identified an error in the information provided in the account summary and/or can demonstrate that water delivery records require adjustments to correct the historical use component of the offered apportionment for a field, you may submit a written request for recalculation of the offered apportionment with supporting documentation as provided below.
Requests fora 2015 recalculation must be submitted by the owner or owner designee in writing to IID no later than December 1, 2014 and must identify the tenant, if any, listed on the water card and include records relevant to the historical use period (2003- 2012) providing the basis for recalculation of the offered apportionment. Requests for recalculation of the offered apportionment must be based solely on whether there is an error in the data. If the request involves another field with a different owner or owner designee, IID will notify the other owner or owner designee and they will have an opportunity to reply to the request.
Requests for a 2015 recalculation not submitted in writing, missing information and/or received after the December 1, 2014 deadline will not be considered.
For more information:
Detailed information and frequently asked questions related to IID’s annual apportionment, as well as the current version of the Equitable Distribution Plan, can be accessed at www.iid.com/edp. Forms and instructions are available at www.iid.com/edpforms and division offices. IID will also host a series of public workshops as follows:
• Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM at the IID board room in El Centro
• Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at the Stockman’s Club in Brawley
• Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM at City Hall in Holtville
For any questions, please contact:
Brian VanBebber, Southend Division, (760) 339-9645
Kirk Hale, Northend Division, (760) 482-9959
December 1, 2014
Deadline to submit apportionment recalculation requests to IID
December 15, 2014
Deadline to submit Apportionment Acceptance Authorization (AAA) forms to IID
December 21, 2014
IID notification date for approval or denial of apportionment recalculation requests
December 31, 2014
Deadline to submit appeals of denied recalculation requests to IID
January 2015 (tbd)
Appeals hearing by the IID Board of Directors
What do I need to do? What if I don’t do anything?
Most recipients will not need to take any action. If you do not take any action, all of the apportionment offered to each field will be accepted by default. Any tenant identified on the water card will be allowed to use the apportionment within their farm unit and offer any unused portion to the Agricultural Water Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse).
All apportionment accepted is on a take-or-pay basis, which means that payment will be required after the end of the year for any unused portion of the apportionment unless the unused water is transferred through the Clearinghouse. If a tenant is identified on the water card, the tenant at the end of the year will be billed for that unused portion of the apportionment, unless otherwise specified on the Apportionment Acceptance Authorization (AAA) form; if no tenant is identified on the water card then the owner will be billed.
If you do not wish to accept all of the offered apportionment for a given field in 2015, you must submit an AAA form for that field. Generally, the AAA form allows you to designate the acceptance of all, some, or none of the offered apportionment for each field under your account. There are also other options on the AAA form that apply to leased fields. IID staff can help explain these other options. AAA forms must be signed by the landowner or landowner designee to be valid, a separate AAA form is required for each field.
Mail forms to:
Fax forms to:
Imperial Irrigation District
PO Box 937
Imperial CA 92251
The deadline to submit AAA forms for the 2015 calendar year is December 15, 2014.