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Water Dialogue Meeting February 22, 2006 All-American Canal Lining Project Dan Hentschke General Counsel San Diego County Water Authority. All-American Canal. 82-mile long canal located in the southeast corner of California

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Water dialogue meeting february 22 2006 all american canal lining project dan hentschke

Water Dialogue Meeting

February 22, 2006

All-American Canal Lining Project

Dan Hentschke

General Counsel

San Diego County Water Authority


All american canal
All-American Canal

  • 82-mile long canal located in the southeast corner of California

    • Conveys water from Colorado River to Imperial and Coachella Valleys

    • Operated and maintained by the Imperial Irrigation District under contract with Bureau of Reclamation


Canal lining
Canal Lining

  • 23 miles of parallel, concrete-lined canal will be constructed next to existing canal

  • Capture water lost to seepage with earthen canal

  • Water will be conveyed through exiting Colorado River aqueduct system to San Diego



Public law 100 675
Public Law 100-675

  • Adopted 1988

  • Congress authorized the Secretary “in order to reduce seepage” to “construct a new lined canal or to line the previously unlined portions of the All American Canal from the vicinity of Pilot Knob to Drop 4”

  • Conservedwater to be consumptively used in California


Environmental review
Environmental Review

  • JULY 29, 1994 FEIS/EIR – ROD

    • Five alternatives including linings, parallel canal, well field and no action

    • Parallel Canal Alternative Selected

    • Funding by Metropolitan

    • 1998 State Law (Wat. C. § 12562) $200 million

  • 1999 Reexamination

    • 2001 Determination for Funding Agreements

  • Jan. 12, 2006 USBOR Supplemental Information Report


Public law 106 377
Public Law 106-377

  • H.R. 4733 (Packard Amendment)

    • October 2000

  • Notwithstanding any other provision of law

    • 16,000 acre-feet permanently and annually to the SLR Settlement Parties

    • Sufficient power from Parker-Davis Project to convey water to Lake Matthews


Quantification settlement agreement
Quantification Settlement Agreement

  • Signed October 2003

    • Provides diversification of San Diego supply portfolio:

      • Total of 277,700 AF in 2021

      • IID Transfer - up to 200,000 AF/yr for 75 years

      • Coachella Canal Lining –

        26,000 AF/yr – (4,500 to SLR)

      • All-American Canal Lining –

        67,700 AF/yr – (11,500 to SLR)


Related agreements
Related Agreements

  • Colorado River Water Delivery Agreement

    • US, IID, CVWD, MWD, and SDCWA

  • Allocation Agreement

    • US, MWD, CVWD, IID, SDCWA, and SLR Settlement Parties

    • MWD assigns canal lining water to SDCWA


Current timeline
Current Timeline

  • USBOR Supplemental Information Report – 1/12/06

  • Construction and finance agreements approved - SDCWA, IID and USBOR – 1/06

  • Construction Contract Award -- May - June

  • Notice to Proceed -- June 2006

  • Completion deadline Dec. 31, 2008


Effect on qsa
Effect on QSA?

  • YES! Domino Effect

    • Significant delay can terminate QSA

      • “TRANSFER STOPPAGE”

    • On termination of QSA, related agreements unravel

    • QSA Conservation Benchmarks

      • Suspension of Interim Surplus Guidelines

      • Loss of Inadvertent Overrun/Payback Policy


Water conserved from lining the all american canal
Water Conserved from Lining the All-American Canal

67,700 Acre-Feet per Year – 97 cfs diverted at Parker (>2% avg. mo. flow) – 10 – 12 % reduction in “recharge”


Water dialogue meeting february 22 2006 all american canal lining project dan hentschke

Construct Lining

Existing AAC

New AAC


All american canal typical sections

Proposed Lined Section13/4H or 2H:1V side slope

Existing Unlined Section2H:1V side slope

136-164’

Spoils

130’ +/-

50’

All-American Canal typical sections

24’ O&M Road


Litigation
Litigation

  • Original complaint 8 counts

    • 1-4 water law counts

    • 5-8 environmental law counts

  • Feb. 8, 2006 Judge Roy dismisses all but Count 5 (NEPA/APA Count)

  • Amended Complaint?

  • Status Conference March 3, 2006