IMPERIAL — Both the Imperial Irrigation District and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors are concerned that if IID loses its appeal in the Michael Abatti case over who owns the Valley’s water rights, that might ward off prospective employers from setting up shop here.

The issue became readily apparent with Abatti’s recent contempt of court filing against IID over its agreement to allocate up to 500 additional acre-feet of water for the Heber Geothermal plant expansion.

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