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IID and County go back to water board

(IID and the County back before the state water board)….Testimony was given Wednesday.

It was during the regular meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento. Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Kevin Kelley and County Executive Officer Ralph Cordova pressed the water board for additional action at the Salton Sea. Kelley said reaching a consensus plan for restoration of the Salton Sea can no longer be an open-ended process. He said that is why they are calling on the state water board to inject a sense of urgency into the process and keep it from bogging down even further. Kelley said what they need is a referee and a timekeeper. Cordova said they were calling on the board to take action now and help avoid the adverse air quality and public health impacts that will result from an exposed lakebed. Last November, the IID filed a petition with the state water board that suggested a specific process and timetable for the parties in the 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement, 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.