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IID Board’s request to implement Farm Bill’s drought provisions and funding commitment to protect Salton Sea supported by Sen. Feinstein
Imperial Irrigation District is pleased to have the support of Senator Dianne Feinstein, who on Wednesday, called on the Trump administration to quickly implement new drought provisions Congress included in the recently enacted Farm Bill to protect the Salton Sea.
The bill provides the U.S. Department of Agriculture with new authorities and additional funding for conservation efforts that could be used to mitigate the negative effects of the declining lake.
“We thank Senator Feinstein for her leadership on this critical issue and for her letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Department of Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt urging them to commit federal funds to the Salton Sea as authorized under the recently enacted Farm Bill,” said Erik Ortega, IID Board President.
The senator’s support comes at a critical time when states along the Colorado River have been working on a set of agreements known as the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan to address a dwindling water supply on the river.
The IID Board of Directors has already approved the intra-state agreements that are part of the DCP and the district has said it will vote on the entire suite of agreements, as a package, when they are completed.
“This isn’t an either/or proposition for IID; it is instead an honest effort by the district to improve the sustainability of the Salton Sea and to ensure the viability of the DCP,” added IID Board President Ortega.
The action requested by IID would represent a firm commitment to the environment, public health, water supply reliability, the agricultural industry and the future resiliency of the Colorado River.
Link to Feinstein letter to Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of the Interior: