SWRCB Petition


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.

 State Water Board Revised Order WR 2017-0134 Nov. 7, 2017 [PDF] 
 IID News Release: IID urges Water Board action for Sea 9-7-2017  [web link]
 IID News Release: IID, Imperial County file Salton Sea motion with State Water Board 3-16-2017[web link]
IID and Imperial County motion to State Water Resources Control Board 3-15-2016 [PDF]

State Water Resources Control Board-Public Workshop, Nov. 15, 2016

Factsheet - SWRCB Petition: A Call to Action for the Salton Sea [PDF] Feb 2018
Factsheet - The Benefits of the QSA [PDF] Feb 2018
Factsheet - A Call to Action for California [PDF] 11/18/2014
News Releases
State water board sets Salton Sea public workshop for March 18
IID and Imperial County announce QSA coordinated cases settlement
Salton Sea Solutions Issues
IID petitions State Water Board to take action at the Salton Sea
Other Documents
FILED IID Imperial County ICAPCD Motion for a SWRCB Evidentiary Hearing [PDF] 3/15/2017
State Water Resources Control Board Public Workshop 11/15/16 - Final Road Map [PDF] 11/10/2016
State Water Resources Control Board Public Workshop 11/15/16 - Comment Letter - Salton Sea [PDF] 11/10/2016
Support Letter to the State Water Resources Control Board - Support for Imperial Irrigation District Request to Convene a Collaborative Process [PDF] 2/18/2015
State Water Resources Control Board - Notice of Public Workshop - Solicitation of Comments Regarding the Status of the Salton Sea and Revised Order WRO 2002-0013 [PDF] 2/6/2015
State Water Resources Control Board Petition [PDF] 11/18/2014
Executive Summary - Pacific Institute Report - Hazard's Toll - The Costs of Inaction at the Salton Sea [PDF] 9/2014