From the daily archives: Friday, November 19, 2010

Issues associated with the Salton Sea and the New River will be discussed at the next meeting of the Colorado River Citizens Forum (CRCF) on Thursday, December 2, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. PST/5:00 – 7:00 p.m. MST at the Imperial Irrigation District Board Room, 1285 Broadway in El Centro, California.  The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) established the CRCF in 2003 to facilitate the exchange of information between the USIBWC and members of the public about Commission activities and related issues in Yuma County, Arizona and Imperial County, California.

Imperial Irrigation District (IID) Biologist Bruce Wilcox will explain IID’s decision to release 41,250 acre-feet as mitigation water for the Salton Sea. The action was undertaken in response to developments this year in litigation associated with the agricultural-to-urban water transfer known as the Quantification Settlement Agreement.  The water is intended to mitigate environmental impacts on the Salton Sea resulting from the water transfer.

Miguel Figueroa, Executive Director of the Calexico New River Committee, will discuss recent developments in the effort to improve conditions along the New River.  The City of Calexico, California and the Calexico New River Committee recently established a Memorandum of Understanding that defines the goals and responsibilities of the parties for the New River Improvement Project.   Additionally, work is underway on the New River Improvement Project Strategic Plan called for in Assembly Bill 1079.  The New River, which flows north from Mexico into the United States at Calexico, has been the focus of efforts to improve water quality and conditions along the stream in the United States.

In a related matter, USIBWC Area Operations Manager Anna Morales will discuss recent maintenance problems in the Mexicali sanitation infrastructure that have resulted in discharge of sewage into the New River.  Repairs are needed so that the sewage can be pumped to treatment facilities in Mexico.

A complete meeting agenda follows.  Members of the public who would like more information about the meeting may contact the USIBWC’s Yuma Office at 928-782-1598 or Public Affairs Officer Sally Spener at 915-832-4175 or via e-mail at:

For more information:

Sally Spener



Thursday, December 2, 2010

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. PST/5:00 – 7:00 p.m. MST

Imperial Irrigation District Board Room

1285 Broadway

El Centro, CA


Cowboy Poetry returned as a Cattle Call event again this year, bringing together local performers who shared stories, poems and songs at the Brawley Stockman’s Club on Tuesday, Nov. 9. MC for the event was Leonard Vasquez.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of Tecate foiled an attempt to smuggle a man and a woman on top of a load of sand inside a dump trailer.

Wednesday at 11:25 a.m. a CBP officer from the Tecate Port of Entry inspected a white 1998 Volvo tractor truck pulling two 1978 dual-bottom dump trailers and referred the conveyance and driver for further inspection.

During the in-depth inspection, officers instructed the driver to off-load the sand from the trailers. When the sand was off-loaded, officers noticed movement and rescued a 21-year-old man and 38-year-old woman from the pile of sand.

CBP officers immediately checked the two individuals for their safety and, when the woman began to cough up sand, officers trained as medical first responders administered first aid and notified 911. San Diego County paramedics arrived, evaluated them and cleared the two individuals.

The two illegal aliens were both Mexican citizens with no lawful documents to enter the country. CBP officers arrested both aliens and transported them to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

The driver a 48-year-old Mexican citizen and resident of Tijuana, B.C. is under investigation.

“People expose themselves and others to grave danger when attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. If the CBP officers had not reacted so quickly this might have ended tragically,” said Pete Flores, acting director of Field Operations in San Diego.

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