Shotgun Wedding :. The Imperial Irrigation District-Metropolitan Water District Water Conservation Agreement. Metropolitan Water District - MWD. Wholesale water agency Established in 1928 Distributes water to 27 member agencies All water comes from Colorado River and State Water project.
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The Imperial Irrigation District-Metropolitan Water District Water Conservation Agreement
4th and 5th priorities held by MWD
Total 1.212 maf/year
6th priority shared by IID, CVWD and PVID
For use on Mesa Lands
A 7th priority Agricultural use in Colorado River Basin
The IID – MWD Negotiations
Water conservation pressure on IID coupled with MWD’s inability to secure rights from N. CA
SWRCB’s Order 88-20
Required IID to submit specific plans to conserve 100,000 af/year by 1/1/04
Penalty for non-compliance=intervention in IID management by SWRCB
In 1988 a reshuffling of the board of directors
Board now had enough votes to pass the water transfer agreement
1989 Water Conservation Award
1990 National water award
Clair A. Hill Agency award
IID-MWD agreement example of successful water market transaction
CVWD had two concerns
#1 As third priority, they were next in line to receive water conserved
#2 The agreement had the potential to reduce CVWD’s right to Colorado water
1989 CVWD filed lawsuit
#1 Approval Agreement
Rather than transferring the conserved water that is priority 3, IID is not using all of its 3rd priority water and leaving it in river
CVWD and PVID agree not to use it unless a dry year.
MWD may then use water still remaining a 4th and 5th priority
The building of a 340 af reservoir and pumping station
Lining of a two mile section of canal with a savings of 6,110 af/year
IID to repay those expenditures instead of MWD for allowing the agreement to give water to CVWD on dry years- Concession
Although the IID-MWD agreement is hailed as an example of a water market transaction…with substantial risks to both sides…Ultimately no water rights transfer occurred. One senior appropriator is simply reducing its water use of the Colorado River and a subsequent appropriator’s use in increasing.