(The Imperial Irrigation District Board cannot agree)….The District Directors spent hours Tuesday afternoon discussing an Equitable Distribution Plan.
The Board agreed a plan was needed to control the amount of water distributed, to conserve water and payback over-runs from the Colorado River. What they could not agree on was the method of apportionment. Staff put together a plan for straight-line apportionment, that said growers would receive 5.40 acre-feet of water. The plan would have included a clearinghouse to create a hybrid reserve. There was no information on Historical apportionment, and that did not sit well with some of the Board members. Historical apportionment would be based on the historical water use of each individual grower. After a vote to approve the Straight-line apportionment failed on a 2-3 vote, it was agreed to conduct a special meeting Monday to continue to discuss. The meeting will be open to the public. The District wants to implement the Equitable Distribution Plan in the next year, starting in January. In order to do that, they need to notify growers and landowners, and time is running out to send the notifications.