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Under federal legislation (PL 97-293 Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 Section 210 (a), (b) and (c) and Reclamation Manual Directives and Standards; and Regulations 43-CFR-427), IID is required to prepare a federal Water Conservation Plan every five years and to adopt economically feasible objectives to meet the requirement for reasonable and beneficial use.

Under state legislation (CWC Division 6, Parts 2.1, 2.55, 2.8, and 2.9), agricultural water suppliers are required to prepare an agricultural water management plan to achieve conservation of water no later than December 31, 2012, update it on December 31, 2015, and on or before December 31 every five years thereafter in years ending in six and one, implement efficiency practices, and report annual aggregate gate water delivery. However state legislation (CWC Division 6, Part 2.55) further provides that IID as a party to the Quantification Settlement Agreement is exempt from the agricultural water management plan requirement of the State of California under SB 7 7x.

10608.8. (d)The requirements of this part do not apply to an agricultural water supplier that is a party to the Quantification Settlement Agreement, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 1 of Chapter 617 of the Statutes of 2002, during the period within which the Quantification Settlement Agreement remains in effect. After the expiration of the Quantification Settlement Agreement, to the extent conservation water projects implemented as part of the Quantification Settlement Agreement remain in effect, the conserved water created as part of those projects shall be credited against the obligations of the agricultural water supplier pursuant to this part.
(Added by Stats. 2009, 7th Ex. Sess., Ch. 4, Sec. 1. (SB 7 7x) Effective February 3, 2010.)

SB 7 7x Exemptions: These suppliers include the San Diego County Water Authority, Coachella Valley Water District, and Imperial Irrigation District.

Should IID be required at some future time to submit an agricultural water management plan, state legislation (CWC Division 6, Part 2.8) provides that:

10828. (a) Agricultural water suppliers that are required to submit water conservation plans to the United States Bureau of Reclamation pursuant to either the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (Public Law 102-575) or the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982, or both, may submit those water conservation plans to satisfy the requirements of Section 10826, if both of the following apply: (1) The agricultural water supplier has adopted and submitted the water conservation plan to the United States Bureau of Reclamation within the previous four years. (2) The United States Bureau of Reclamation has accepted the water conservation plan as adequate. (b) This part does not require agricultural water suppliers that are required to submit water conservation plans to the United States Bureau of Reclamation pursuant to either the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (Public Law 102-575) or the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982, or both, to prepare and adopt water conservation plans according to a schedule that is different from that required by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.
(Added by Stats. 2009, 7th Ex. Sess., Ch. 4, Sec. 4. (SB 7 7x) Effective February 3, 2010.)