An El Centro farmer’s lawsuit to stop the implementation of the Imperial Irrigation District’s water apportionment plan has been halted.

Under the terms of the stipulation, IID will transfer to Mike Abatti the remainder of his 3.7 acre-foot allocation before transferring an additional 5,000 acre-feet of water in October from the district’s Agricultural Water Clearinghouse. Abatti will be allowed to distribute water he receives from the clearinghouse among the fields in his farm unit. Abatti will allow the district to fill out the necessary paperwork to enroll his business in the Equitable Distribution Plan and to identify his farm unit.

Staff Writer Antoine Abou-Diwan can be reached at 760-337-3454 or aabou-diwan@ivpressonline.com

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