With less than 10 months remaining of mitigation water to the Salton Sea, the Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County filed a motion with the State Water Resources Control Board requesting that an evidentiary hearing on the district’s 2014 Salton Sea petition be held by July 17, 2017.
In its motion, IID and the county also request that the California Natural Resources Agency be required to submit a final Salton Sea Management Program by Oct. 1, 2017 that includes:
- Acreage performance standards for each calendar year from 2018 through 2025;
- Proposed permit streamlining actions;
- An adaptive management plan for implementation;
- Identification of funds and actions to obtain additional funding for implementation of the plan; and
- A statement affirming the state’s obligation to restore the Salton Sea with specific oversight actions by the State Water Board to ensure implementation of the plan
This motion was a response to IID’s petition seeking modification of the state water board’s Revised Order WRO 2002-0013, which approved long-term water transfers to Southern California under the Quantification Settlement Agreement.
Filed with the state board on Nov. 18, 2014, IID offers a specific process and timetable for the parties to the 2003 QSA, the landmark water-sharing pact that has enabled California to live within its annual entitlement of 4.4 million acre-feet from the Colorado River, to reach consensus on the most realistic and sustainable Salton Sea restoration plan.