It wasn’t too long ago, 2003, the IID Board of Directors agreed to transfer 500,000 acre-feet of the Valley’s water to Southern California water interests and the Coachella Valley under the Quantification Settlement Agreement or more simply the QSA. Some would argue it was not so much of an agreement as it was a shotgun marriage.

There were a lot of us in the community at that time who argued the agreement didn’t adequately protect Imperial Valley’s economy and the environment and was a death warrant for the Salton Sea, and we opposed the transfer in the courts. Ultimately, we were unsuccessful.

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