Last Updated June 26, 2017
Final 2017 Local Entity Funding Solicitation
The final solicitation period proposal opportunity concluded at the end of February 2017. While the available funding for this mitigation program is approximately $5 million, over 125 letters were submitted with proposal funding requests totaling nearly $45 million. Given the volume of interest in this program, additional time was necessary for the compilation and review of applications. Mitigation funding recommendations are scheduled for board consideration on Tuesday June 27, 2017, see http://www.iid.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/2084/22 for links to the board agenda.
Once the board authorizes the list of grant recipients and funding amounts, IID staff and Local Entity coordinators will require additional time to complete the necessary grant protocols prior to issuing the funding awards. IID staff will contact the grant recipients directly as this process moves forward. Please do not contact IID staff or the Local Entity coordinators to inquire about the status of individual requests or awards, as this will only cause additional delays.
Do continue to check this page regularly for important program updates. Calls to IID requesting status reports on individual applications or grant recipients will be referred to this webpage.
Local Entity Program Background Through the first 15 years of the IID/San Diego County Water Authority water transfer agreement, fallowing was utilized as the primary means of generating conserved water for transfer, mainly to lessen the environmental impacts to the Salton Sea. The IID initiated its last fallowing program for this 15-year period in 2016, which was also the last year in which fallowed water was transferred to SDCWA. In 2017, IID has completed its transition from fallowing to efficiency-based conservation measures to create water for transfer to SDCWA, and the mitigation deliveries to the Salton Sea that are based on fallowing will conclude by year-end (with the actual end of fallowing coming earlier in June 2017).
The Local Entity was created by the Revised Fourth Amendment to the water transfer agreement to quantify third-party socio-economic impacts of fallowing; however, this proved to be a contentious process with ongoing analytical disputes regarding the severity of these impacts within the Imperial Valley. In 2007, IID and SDCWA executed a settlement agreement to resolve this longstanding dispute, and $50 million was made available to mitigate the direct and indirect impacts of the mandated fallowing within the IID water service area, with $30 million provided by SDCWA and $20 million by IID.
Since 2008, the IID Board of Directors, acting as the Local Entity, has disbursed over $19 million in mitigation funding to farm service providers whose businesses were affected by fields contracted for fallowing by IID in support of the water transfer and mitigation programs, and IID has just completed the application process for the final round of $12.3 million of mitigation funding for the 2014-2017 fallowing period. IID has also funded nearly $11 million to community business endeavors to support the creation and retention of local jobs. Finally, over $6 million of additional funding was also provided to assist in the reopening of a beef processing plant by One World Beef in Brawley, the development of a processing plant (and related sugarcane crop economy) by California Ethanol & Power and the Imperial Valley Food Bank.
Farm Service Provider Mitigation Program
The non-competitive mitigation program is designed to help offset the negative socioeconomic impacts to farm-service providers caused by the fallowing program. Click here for previous years.