The Board of Directors adopted new canal service rates and charges for fiscal years 2022 to 2026 at its April 27 meeting.
Canal rates will increase [KE1] by 2.6% annually beginning in fiscal year 2023. Gate charges, the quagga surcharge and the Outside of Improvement District 1 surcharge will increase for three years beginning in fiscal year 2022. The Board will review projected District costs each year to determine if the rate changes are necessary.
The increased rates affect 845 parcels. They will allow the District to meet its financial, operational, and capital needs in a manner that recovers costs in a fair and equitable manner.
The Board also heard a presentation regarding a report on groundwater conditions partnered with recommendations for higher Replenishment Assessment Charges (RACs), a matter the board has previously studied and will consider for approval at a public hearing on June 2.
Overall, the report showed groundwater levels in the Mission Creek, West Whitewater River and East Whitewater River subbasins have increased over the past 10 years. The report recommends no changes in Mission Creek RAC charges, a 15% increase in West Whitewater and a 9.5% increase in East Whitewater for fiscal years 2021-2022 through 2025-2026. [KE2]
An update on Salton Sea conditions showed the sea declined 1.25 feet in 2020 to an elevation of -238 feet. Salinity has increased to a level twice that of ocean water. Desert pupfish are doing relatively well in some areas, tilapia numbers are low, plant and insect-eating birds are increasing but fish-eating birds remain at record lows since 2016.
Various agencies continue dust emission studies, selenium monitoring, habitat repair and conservation, New River improvements, and water importation strategies.
The board also:
- Agreed to begin eminent domain proceedings to acquire easement rights on 6/10 of an acre of vacant property necessary for installing a water transmission main for the Saint Anthony Mobile Home Park Water Consolidation Project.
- Heard an update on CVWD’s Climate Action and Adaption Plan that will develop a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with State goals. A study found that electricity and wastewater operation accounted for 85% of the District’s greenhouse gases between 2016 and 2019. Plans call for determining targets to reduce emissions including purchasing carbon-free electricity.
- Authorized an agreement with the developer of España housing development in Indio as part of the North Indio Flood Control Project. The developer will donate land for flood control channels and provide temporary construction easements in exchange for CVWD constructing flood control channels and accommodating an underground electrical line crossing on the north side of the España property.
- Authorized soliciting bids for the Fairway Drive sewer pipeline rehabilitation project in Indian Wells. The project will replace 1,315 feet of 10-inch diameter sewer pipeline and four manhole covers.
- Authorized $97, 094 for Aspen Environmental Group to conduct more environmental studies for the Thousand Palms Flood Control Project.
- Authorized a $150,000 sale agreement for a 1.04-acre parcel on 70th Avenue that is included in Oasis In-Lieu Recharge Project. The property will hold a new pump station.