Inland Water District Holds Out Signing Colorado River Water Plan Without Funds For Salton Sea

Mar 14, 2019

The Imperial Irrigation District says it is declining to sign a Southwestern-states water conservation pact until more than 400 million dollars in state and federal funds are approved to resolve what it calls a mounting public health crisis at the Salton Sea.

The district will withhold its signature from the Drought Contingency Plan until the funds are allocated to the 10-Year Salton Sea Management Plan. The plan includes projects such as creating small wetlands or geothermal sites to restore the Salton Sea's receding shoreline and ultimately ensure that about 500-thousand acres of land  between Calexico and Palm Springs meets California Environmental Quality Act standards.