(Legislation submitted on behalf of Imperial Valley)….Imperial County’s Congressional representative Juan Vargas introduced the milestone piece of legislation this week.
The legislation for the advancement of the county is titled the Imperial Valley Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2015. It is also known as HR 4060. Vargas says the passage of the bill will influence the future of the county’s economic development by encouraging growth and enabling the creation of a cargo airport in Holtville, making the city of Holtville a hub for the transportation of goods and services. The bill would transfer 3,500 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to the County of Imperial to increase the runway space of the current Holtville airport. Additionally, the bill would create the Vinagre Wash Special Management Area to protect habitat, wildlife and cultural resources, while creating new recreational areas. The County says they will work with Vargas and other federal legislators to ensure passage of the bill.