Drought Contingency Plan

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Persistent drought affecting the Colorado River watershed has led to a concerted effort by Section 5 contractors in the Upper and Lower basins to develop what has become known as a Drought Contingency Plan to arrest the declining elevation at both Lake Mead and Lake Powell.

Draft agreements among the parties were released to the public in October, and the Imperial Irrigation District is now releasing draft documents that would, if adopted by both IID and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, establish a framework for California contributions, in the form of storage, under an expanded Intentionally Created Surplus program that would support the public policy aims of a Lower Basin DCP.

Drought Contingency Plan Workshop Materials
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USBR - Upper and Lower Basin DCPs – Final Review Draft [Web Link]

USBR - Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plans [Web Link]

2007 Interim Guidelines for Coordinated Operations, ICS and Shortages ROD [PDF]
USBR - Colorado River Interim Guidelines forLower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead [Web Link]
From the Headwaters to the Salton Sea – Colorado River Drought Planning Status Report [PDF] 9/20/2016
DCP Public Workshop Video Recording 8/28/2018
Handout - Drought Contingency Planning Process Workshop II [PDF] 10/09/2018
DCP Public Workshop Video Recording 10/09/2018
Agenda - Drought Contingency Planning Process Workshop III [PDF] 11/14/2018
Handout - Drought Contingency Planning Process Workshop III [PDF] 11/14/2018
DCP Public Workshop Video Recording 11/14/2018
Agenda - Drought Contingency Planning Process Workshop IV [PDF] 12/6/2018
Handout - Drought Contingency Planning Process Workshop IV [PDF] 12/6/2018
DCP Public Workshop Video Recording 12/62018
Feinstein letter to Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of the Interior [PDF] 1/30/2019
DCP Update: Proposed federal legislation and updated agreements [PDF] 2/5/2019
DCP Video Recording 2/5/2019
BOR DCP Federal Register [PDF] 2/6/2019
Agenda - Drought Contingency Plan Workshop V [PDF] 3/1/2019
DCP Video Recording 3/1/2019
Statement by Erik Ortega, President, Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors [PDF] 3/1/2019
IID letter to USBR Department of Interior Commissioner [PDF] 3/7/2019
USBR Department of Interior letter to IID [PDF] 3/8/2019
Secretary Crowfoot letter to IID Board President Ortega [PDF] 3/9/2019
Six states DCP Letter to CA  [PDF] 3/9/2019
Remarks from IID General Manager Henry Martinez to the MWD Water Planning and Stewardship Committee [PDF] 3/11/2019
LA Times Editorial Board: The Salton Sea is a disaster in the making. California isn’t doing anything to stop it 3/29/2019
IID's Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate [PDF] 4/16/2019