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Last Updated March 3, 2017

Final 2017 Local Entity Funding Solicitation
Approximately $5 million in mitigation funding remains, and the board has developed a final mitigation strategy that focuses on distributing the remaining funding to provide the broadest level of community benefits by year-end.  Two categories of grant funding opportunities are envisioned for this last Local Entity solicitation process.  These categories will focus on funding community-based organizations and private sector business expansion, all located within the IID water service area.  IID accepted funding requests through February 28, 2017, with specific proposal criteria detailed below.

Solicitation Period Closed
Proposals for Local Entity mitigation funding needed to be submitted in a letter of request to the IID Board of Directors, acting as the Local Entity, no later than 5 p.m. PST (postmark if mailed) on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Proposals should not have exceeded two pages, indicated the category(ies) for which funding is requested, the dollar amount, described what the funding will be utilized for, outlined the local benefits, and provided any relevant background regarding the applicant along with supplemental information that supports the funding request. Proposals that exceeded two pages in length, did not include the required information or were late will be deemed ineligible, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm his or her request is received by IID. The IID Board of Directors, acting as the Local Entity, retains sole funding discretion and decision-making authority and may request additional information during the screening process, as appropriate.

IID Staff Contact: Angelita Alvarado (760) 339-9244 Email 

Please continue to check this page regularly for important program updates.

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.

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