By Mario Conde
The County Board of Supervisors approved a letter opposing the elimination of the Colorado River Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The Governor’s recent budget proposal calls of the elimination of the Colorado River Regional Water Quality Control Board and the merger of the Colorado Basin with the San Diego RWQCB.
This proposed action would create undue hardship on many business, and government agencies that deals with the RWQCB of many water quality and permitting issues in Imperial County. The matter is scheduled to be heard before the California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee this week.
The County of Riverside, Coachella Valley Water District, Imperial Irrigation District and Western Growers Association, among many others, have submitted comments opposing this proposal.
The letter approved by the Board of Supervisors recognizes the intent of the Governor to consolidate and reduce government, but argues that this elimination will not provide any savings to the general fund of efficiencies to the State.
“The elimination of local representation will not only be detrimental to important water quality standards and decision-making, but it will reduce the oversight provided by this board to uniquely arid region that borders Arizona and the Republic of Mexico, serves over 700,000 acres of active productive farmland, and involves major hydrologic features such as the Colorado River and the State’s largest inland body of water, the Salton Sea.” Supervisor Mike Kelley said in the letter.
In other news, the County approved a one year agreement with Womanheaven, Inc., to provide domestic violence prevention classes for Imperial County Jail inmates through its Center for Family Solutions. Through their Center for Family Solutions, Womanhaven, Inc. would provide anger management programming that meet Title 15 and court ordered courses for offenders.