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July 27, 2003
"Everyone Pays Price for Backroom Water Grab From Farmers," the Imperial Irrigation District's July 15 commentary over the ongoing dispute over Colorado River water, deserves a response. Through federal contracts, the right to use Colorado River water has long been recognized; however, wasting water and preventing others from using it is not. The Bureau of Reclamation has authority to see that the Imperial district and other water contractors do not waste waters of the Colorado. In April 2003, a U.S. district court ordered the Bureau of Reclamation to conduct a meticulous review to determine Imperial Irrigation District's "reasonable beneficial use."
July 4, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A federal agency with authority over the Colorado River ruled Thursday that Imperial Valley farmers are guilty of wasting water and should have their mammoth allocation of the river reduced by 9%. The ruling by Robert Johnson, the Bureau of Reclamation's Lower Colorado regional director, was immediately denounced by farmers and officials of the Imperial Irrigation District who vowed to fight any reduction to the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 2, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In a last-minute plea, Imperial Valley farmers Tuesday asked Southern California members of Congress to block an expected ruling from the federal government that the farmers are wasting water and should have their allocation from the Colorado River reduced. The plea came with a threat: If the government tries again to take some of the valley's water, the Imperial Irrigation District will fight to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the water rights of the farmers. At the same hearing, Rep.
June 12, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration sided Wednesday with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in its high-stakes confrontation with Gov. Gray Davis and pledged to prevent $10 million in water purchased by the agency from being dumped into the sea.
February 25, 2003 | From Associated Press
A federal judge is allowing Southern California's two biggest water agencies to slug it out in court, delivering what may be the knockout blow to negotiations called by Gov. Gray Davis to make peace and protect the state's Colorado River supply. U.S.
January 17, 2003 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Threats and counter-threats continued Thursday, as the U.S. Department of the Interior warned the Imperial Irrigation District that its recent lawsuit could jeopardize California's effort to keep Colorado River water flowing to millions of Southern California homes. The Imperial Irrigation District sued the federal government last week, accusing the Interior Department of illegally cutting the district's Colorado River supplies by 7%.
January 11, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The Imperial Irrigation District on Friday filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the Bush administration from cutting water allocations from the Colorado River to Imperial Valley farmers. The administration took the action after negotiations broke down over a proposed deal to shift water from desert farms to urban San Diego. The transfer would have helped reduce California's take from the river, an amount that exceeds the legal limit.
January 8, 2003 | Nancy Vogel and Tony Perry, Times Staff Writers
Upset at the collapse last month of a water sale from the Imperial Valley to San Diego, two lawmakers vowed Tuesday to introduce legislation cutting the Imperial Irrigation District's Colorado River supplies. Democratic state Sens. Mike Machado of Linden and Sheila Kuehl of Santa Monica said they will propose limiting the desert district in California's far southeastern corner to no more than 2.6 million acre-feet of water per year from the Colorado River.
January 1, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Southern California cities and suburbs will lose a major portion of the water supply they have relied on for the last two decades as an immediate consequence of a breakdown in New Year's Eve negotiations over a deal to shift water from farms to urban areas. A top Bush administration official said Tuesday night that water distribution from the Colorado River will be reduced after four water agencies failed to meet a Dec.
December 31, 2002 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The attorney for the Imperial Irrigation District said Monday night that incremental progress is being made in breaking the deadlock over a proposed water deal between the district and coastal Southern California. But Imperial board members responded with anger at the federal government and deep distrust of other California water agencies involved in the proposed deal.
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