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SWRCB Petition

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IID, in November 2014, submitted a petition to the State Water Resources Control Board to exercise its continuing authority over the nation’s largest agricultural-to-urban water transfer and avert an emerging environmental and public health crisis at the Salton Sea.

In November 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted revised Order WRO 2002-0013, which sets annual commitments and a framework for Salton Sea restoration and mitigation efforts, representing the most significant advance to date at the Sea. The revised order provides accountability and gives assurance to the residents of the Imperial and Coachella valleys that continued restoration efforts will remain in place for as long as the water transfers continue.

Most importantly, the revised order provides the Water Board with continued jurisdiction over the implementation of restoration efforts at the Salton Sea, led by the California Natural Resources Agency, and requires the agency to annually report to the Water Board on progress made towards the milestones outlined in the order.

In short, revised Order WRO 2002-0013 stipulates the following:

  • Clearly states that the 15-year mitigation water requirement concludes at the end of 2017. Other mitigation measures, including the four-step air quality plan, which were incorporated into Water Right Order No. 2002-0013 (revised), will proceed as planned.
  • Finds the restoration of the Salton Sea is feasible, that the state of California will lead and coordinate management efforts at the Salton Sea serving as a catalyst whose role in advancing the cause of restoration is essential.
  • Requires the state of California, through the California Natural Resources Agency, act so that there will be almost 30,000 acres of exposed playa covered by habitat and dust suppression projects by December 31, 2028.
  • Calls on the California Natural Resources Agency to identify a long-term plan for the Salton Sea and develop subsequent 10-year plans to guide projects after the initial 10-year plan is completed.

IID continues to partner with Imperial County on Salton Sea issues before the State Board to ensure a unified message from the Imperial Valley.

State Water Board Revised Order WR 2017-0134 [PDF] 11/7/2017
IID and Imperial County motion to State Water Resources Control Board [PDF] 3/15/2017
Factsheet - Salton Sea Stipulated Order [PDF] Feb. 2018
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
IID News Release: IID applauds Salton Sea action by Water Board 11/7/2017
IID News Release: IID urges Water Board action for Sea 9/7/2017
IID News Release: IID, Imperial County file Salton Sea motion with State Water Board 3/16/2017
IID News Release: IID calls for immediate action, roadmap for smaller, sustainable Salton Sea 11/16/2016
IID News Release: Imperial delegation to address State Water Board regarding Salton Sea 1/4/2016
IID News Release: State water board sets Salton Sea public workshop for March 18 2/9/2015
IID News Release: IID and Imperial County announce QSA coordinated cases settlement 2/3/2015
Salton Sea Solutions Issues 1/25/2015
IID News Release: IID petitions State Water Board to take action at the Salton Sea 11/18/2014
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

IID and Imperial County Joint SWRCB Letter for Jan. 5, 2016 Workshop [PDF] 12/30/2015

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] Sept. 2014

Helpful Websites
California Natural Resources Agency - Salton Sea Management Program
IID Salton Sea Public Meeting [Web Link] 3/1/2018

State Water Resources Control Board-Public Workshop, Sept. 7, 2017


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

State Water Resources Control Board-Board Meeting, Aug. 16, 2016

State Water Resources Control Board-Public Workshop, April 19, 2016


State Water Resources Control Board-Public Workshop, Jan. 5, 2016

State Water Resources Control Board-Public Forum, Sept. 16, 2015