Posted on: September 29, 2015

The future of the Coachella Valley depends on the QSA


In 2003, Imperial Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority, Coachella Valley Water District, and the State of California formed the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA). This agreement allows communities that are part of the QSA to receive a guaranteed allotment of water from the Colorado River every year, putting an end to longstanding disputes over Colorado River water allocations. The QSA is a series of agreements designed to more thoughtfully and strategically enable California to live within its Colorado River water entitlement. The QSA protects our local groundwater supply while providing transfer water for purposes such as irrigation on golf courses and crops, and aquifer replenishments. Since forming the agreement, the Coachella Valley has received a yearly allocation of 330,000 acre-feet from the Colorado River, making the QSA a cornerstone of preserving groundwater levels and securing water for the region’s economy and quality of life.

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