Reservoirs

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IID has constructed 11 regulating/interceptor reservoirs as part of its ongoing water conservation program. The reservoirs receive water that would normally be surplus and store the water for beneficial use when needed. Together, the district's reservoirs have a storage capacity of more than 4,300 acre-feet of water.

Kakoo Singh

The Kakoo Singh Reservoir, the first reservoir constructed by the district, regulates water from the East Highline Canal. The water is diverted into the Vail Supply Canal via gravity flow and back into the East Highline via pump flow. This reservoir, which was named after a local farmer, is located next to the East Highline, near the Vail Supply Heading and above the Nectarine Check.

Kakoo Singh

Area

32 acres

Capacity

323 acre-feet

Maximum Depth

11 feet

Inlet-Outlet Flow Capacity

100 cfs

Date of Diversion

January 20, 1976

J.M. Sheldon

The Sheldon Reservoir, located on the Westside Main Canal off Forrester Road, northwest of Imperial, takes surplus water from the Westside Main. This reservoir was named for a long-time district employee, J. Melvin Sheldon, who was manager of the water department from 1966 to 1976.

J.M. Sheldon

Area

50 acres (surface area @ capacity)

Capacity

476 acre-feet

Maximum Depth

10 feet

Inlet-Outlet Flow Capacity

100 cfs

Date of Diversion

March 29, 1977

Oscar Fudge

The Fudge Reservoir is on the Central Main Canal near Brawley. O.L. "Oscar" Fudge was a water department manager who retired in 1966.

O.L. "Oscar" Fudge

Area

37.5 acres

Capacity

300 acre-feet

Maximum Depth

10 feet

Inlet-Outlet Flow Capacity

100 cfs

Date of Diversion

February 26, 1982

H. "Red" Sperber

The Sperber is located west of Holtville on Meloland Road. Water from the Rositas Canal is held and released when needed into the Rose and Rubber canals. The reservoir was named after Herman "Red" Sperber, a local farmer and long-time member of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors.

H. "Red" Sperber

Area

64.6 acres

Capacity

470 acre-feet

Maximum Depth

9 feet

Inlet Flow Capacity

100 cfs

Outlet Flow Capacity (Limited to the water order on the Rose & Rubber canals)

2 outlets @ 100 cfs each

Date of Diversion

May 1, 1983

Robert F. Carter

The Carter Reservoir is designed to conserve operational discharge from the end of the Westside Main Canal. Located adjacent to Highway 86, six miles north of Westmorland, the reservoir also features a computerized control system and a specially designed area for recreational fishing. A five-foot dike impounds water within the fish habitat area. The dike is 1,000 feet by 110 feet with a sandy beach for fishing access. Robert F. Carter served as the district's general manager from 1959 to 1977.

Robert F. Carter

Area

32 acres (surface area at capacity)

Capacity

350 acre-feet

Maximum Depth

11.3 feet

Inlet Flow Capacity

150 cfs

Outlet Flow Capacity

50 cfs (pump outlet only)

Date of Diversion

September 19, 1988

 

Bernard Galleano

The Bernard Galleano Reservoir is located at the terminus of the East Highline Canal just north of Niland. Farmland beyond this point is supplied water via the Niland Lateral Canal Extension. The location of the reservoir, and the fact that it is totally automated and self-controlled, allows the IID to balance water shortfalls and overages in the East Highline Canal, thus providing more uniform water deliveries to all downstream users. The reservoir was designed with an enhanced fisheries habitat and test site for waterfowl habitat development. The reservoir was named after Bernard Galleano, former Calipatria area farmer and member of the IID Board of Directors.

Bernard Galleano

Area

40 acres

Capacity

425 acre-feet

Maximum Depth

21 feet

Inlet Flow Capacity

150 cfs

Outlet Flow Capacity

75 cfs (pump outlet only)

Date of Diversion

October 9, 1991

Carl C. Bevins

The Carl C. Bevins Reservoir stores operational discharge from the eight lateral canals in the Plum-Oasis Lateral Interceptor system. Two 25-cfs pumps draw water out of the reservoir for delivery to downstream users. The Bevins Reservoir, located east of Imperial, is part of a project that provides farmers a virtual demand delivery system where they can shut off or receive water whenever they want.The Plum-Oasis Lateral Interceptor Project conserves about 10,600 acre-feet of water annually.

Carl C. Bevins

Area

37.36 acres

Capacity

253 acre-feet

Maximum

12.9 feet

Inlet Flow Capacity

165 cfs

Outlet Flow Capacity

50 cfs (pump outlet only)

Date of Diversion

November 12, 1992

 

Young

The 275 acre-foot Young Reservoir was constructed as part of the Mulberry-D Lateral Interceptor Project under the 1989 IID/MWD Water Conservation Program Agreement. The Mulberry-D Lateral Interceptor is approximately 8.25 miles long and catches operational discharge at the ends of 11 lateral canals serving 31,000 acres of farmland. The reservoir is located near Calipatria at the end of the South Interceptor Canal to store water for downstream users. The Mulberry-D Lateral Interceptor Project conserves about 8,700 acre-feet of water annually. The Young family name was chosen in recognition of their dedication and contributions to the Imperial Valley during their three generations of farming.

Young Reservoir

Area

47 acres

Capacity

275 acre-feet

Maximum Depth

9 feet

Inlet Flow Capacity

100 cfs

Outlet Flow Capacity

100 cfs

Date of Diversion

February 9, 1996

 

Milas Russell, Sr.

The 200 acre-foot Russell Reservoir is part of the Mulberry-D Lateral Interceptor Project, a 1989 IID/MWD Water Conservation Program Agreement. The Mulberry-D catches operational discharge at the ends of 11 lateral canals that serve 31,000 acres of farmland near Calipatria. It is approximately 8.25 miles long. This lateral interceptor project conserves about 8,700 acre-feet of water annually. The Russell Reservoir stores water for downstream users and is located on the Vail Canal. The reservoir was named after Milas Russell Sr., a dedicated farmer who transformed marginal land into productive farm ground and was a leader in community service.

Milas Russell, Sr.

Area

29 acres

Capacity

200 acre-feet

Maximum Depth

8.3 feet

Inlet Flow Capacity

100 cfs

Outlet Flow Capacity

50 cfs (pump outlet only)

Date of Diversion

December 5, 1996

 

Louise K. Willey

The 300 acre-foot Willey Reservoir was constructed as part of the Trifolium Lateral Interceptor Project under the 1989 IID/MWD Water Conservation Program Agreement. The Trifolium Lateral Interceptor is approximately 10.9 miles long and catches operational discharge at the ends of 15 lateral canals serving 30,000 acres of farmland. The reservoir is located on the south side of the New River opposite the end of the Vail Canal. This reservoir stores the operational discharge from the interceptor and pumps the water through a 45-inch in diameter pipeline 3.5 miles long upstream on the Vail Canal. The water is then discharged into the Vail Canal at the Vail Lateral No. 3 Heading for downstream users. The Trifolium Lateral Interceptor Project conserves about 13,300 acre-feet of water annually. The reservoir was named for Louise K. Willey for her outstanding contribution to the local agricultural industry and to the people of the Imperial Valley.

Louise K. Willey

Area

51.2 acres

Capacity

300 acre-feet

Maximum Depth

7 feet

Inlet Flow Capacity

190 cfs

Outlet Flow Capacity

51 cfs (pump outlet only)

Date of Diversion

January 22, 1998

 

Off Line Storage

The Off Line Storage Reservoir was constructed as part of the All American Canal Lining Project. The lining of the All American Canal reduced the availability of system storage in the AAC Drop 1 pond. The OLS replaces most of the system storage that was lost by the lining of the All American Canal above AAC Drop 1. The original All American Canal channel between AAC Drop 1 and AAC Drop 2 was converted into the OLS reservoir. The OLS is the major control point for regulating flow into the Imperial Valley. Excess AAC water is diverted into the OLS reservoir using inlet gates constructed in the AAC Drop 2 pond. Shortage AAC water is released back to the AAC from the OLS reservoir using outlet gates that discharge below AAC Drop 2.

OFF LIne Storage
Area 73.5 acres
Capacity 1,000 acre-feet
Maximum Depth 13.6 feet
Inlet Flow Capacity 400 cfs
Outlet Flow Capacity 400 cfs
Date of Diversion January 1, 2009