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Raise a glass to greater water independence

Take a close look at that next glass of water from the kitchen faucet. Squint hard and you may see a reflection of the blood, sweat and tears it took to get it into your home.

A little history may help you see it. Think back to 1991. At the time, San Diego County got 95 percent of its water from the wholesaling bully up the coast in Los Angeles, the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The state was in the midst of severe drought. The water bully cut supplies to San Diego by fully 31 percent and warned of even more cuts, threatening economic disaster here until the “Miracle March” rains rescued the region.

Click here to read the story.

Letter Library, Part 3 (Finance – budget and water rates/audit practice/annexation, Resources Planning, Subsidy Programs, QSA, Other)

Correspondence between MWD and Water Authority by Key Issue

Finance: Budget and Water Rates

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[one_half]Proposed Biennial Budget for 2011/12 and 2012/13 (April 11, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Proposed Biennial budget and Associated Rates and Charges for 2012/13 and 2013/14 (March 8, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Recommendation to Cap MWD Rate Increases at 3% for 2013 and 2014 (March 21, 2012) [/one_half]
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Finance: Audit Practice

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[one_half]Water Authority Letter [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response [/one_half]
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[one_half]KPMG Audit Report (October 25, 2011) [/one_half]
[one_half last]Response to KPMG Audit Report (November 1, 2011) [/one_half]
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Finance: Water Authority Annexation

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[one_half]Water Authority Letter [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response [/one_half]
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[one_half]San Diego County Water Authority’s Annexation (March 13, 2012) [/one_half]
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Resources Planning including Integrated Resources Plan (“IRP”)

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[one_half]Water Authority Letter [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response [/one_half]
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[one_half]Integrated Resources Plan (October 11, 2010) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Adjustments to MWD’s Water Supply Allocation Plan Formula (September 9, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Water Planning and Stewardship Reports – lack of justifications to demonstrate needs and benefits (October 7, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Water Authority’s Request to Include Information in MWD’s SB 60 (December 13, 2011) [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Letter on Request to Include Information in Report to Legislature (January 18, 2012) [/one_half]
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Subsidy Programs: Local Water Supply Projects

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[one_half]Water Authority Letter [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response [/one_half]
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[one_half]MWD Local Resources Program – Chino Desalter (June 13, 2011) [/one_half]
[one_half last]Response to June 13, 2011, letter on Chino Basin Desalination Program (June 14, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Oppose Local Resources Program Agreements (March 12, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Oppose Local Resources Program Agreement with MWDOC and the City of San Clemente for the San Clemente Recycled Water System Expansion Project (June 11, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Oppose Local Resources Program Agreement with MWDOC and El Toro Water District for the El Toro Recycled Water System Expansion Project (August 20, 2012) [/one_half]
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Subsidy Programs: Conservation

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[one_half]Water Authority Letter [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response [/one_half]
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[one_half]Comment Letter on MWD Staff Analysis on Opt-in/Opt-out Conservation Program (August 16, 2010) [/one_half]
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[one_half]MWD Draft Long Term Conservation Plan (November 29, 2010) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Comments on Long Term Conservation Plan Working Draft Version 11 (July 20, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Opposition Letter on Long Term Conservation Plan and Revised Policy Principles on Water Conservation (August 15, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Turf Replacement Grant (November 23, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Oppose changes to water conservation incentives (subsidies) as described (May 7, 2012) [/one_half]
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Subsidy Programs: Replenishment

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[one_half]Water Authority Letter [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response [/one_half]
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[one_half]MWD Discounted Water Program (April 25, 2011) [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response to Water Authority’s April 25, 2011 Letter on Discounted Water (May 4, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Sale of Discounted Water (May 6, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Comments and Questions – Replenishment Service Program (September 12, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Letter on Approve Policy Principles for a Replenishment (Discounted Water) Program (November 4, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Letter on Review Options for Updated Replenishment (Discounted Water) Program (December 12, 2011) [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response to Water Authority’s December 12, 2011 letter on Replenishment Program (December 21, 2011) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Response letter to MWD Letters on Replenishment Dated December 21, 2011 (January 5, 2012) [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD Response to January 5, 2012 Letter on Replenishment Workgroup Materials addressed to MWD Delegation (January 18, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half last]MWD’s Replenishment Workgroup Documentation Response Letter to SDCWA’s January 5, 2012 “MWD Letters on Replenishment dated December 21, 2011” addressed to Ken Weinberg (January 18, 2012) [/one_half]
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Quantification Settlement Agreement (“QSA”) including IID Water Transfer

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[one_half]Water Authority Letter [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response [/one_half]
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[one_half]MWD Initiated this correspondence [/one_half]
[one_half last]Notice of Default Pursuant to Amended and Restated Exchange Agreement (April 12, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Request for Negotiation (April 26, 2012) [/one_half]
[one_half last]Response to April 26, 2012 SDCWA Letter re Request for Negotiation (May 4, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half]MWD Initiated this correspondence [/one_half]
[one_half last]Notice of Default Pursuant to Amended and Restated Exchange Agreement (June 12, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Water Authority’s response to MWD’s June 12, 2012 Notice of Default (June 27, 2012) [/one_half]
[one_half last]Compliance with the Amended and Restated Exchange Agreement (August 1, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half]IID Water Conservation and Related QSA Issues (July 10, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half]SDCWA’s response to MWD’s August 1, 2012 Letter (August 16, 2012) [/one_half]
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Other

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[one_half]Water Authority Letter [/one_half]
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[one_half]Water Authority’s letter to Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation re LAEDC Draft Report on “Cost of Water in San Diego: the SDCWA-IID Water Transfer and SDCWA Water Rates” (March 8, 2012) [/one_half]
[one_half last]N/A –  Our letter was address to Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation [/one_half]
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[one_half]Re: Letter to U-T San Diego (March 28, 2012) [/one_half]
[one_half last]MWD’s Response to SDCWA’s March 28, 2012 Letter “Re: Letter to U-T San Diego” (April 19, 2012) [/one_half]
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[one_half]Water Authority’s Response to MWD’s April 19, 2012 Letter to U-T San Diego (April 24, 2012) [/one_half]
[one_half last]NONE (but we had sent initial letter on 3/28/12, MWD responded 4/19/12, and then we responded 4/24/12 [/one_half]
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[one_half]Re: Approve amendments to MWD Administrative Code (September 10, 2012) [/one_half]
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All-American Canal

$50K “independent” report seeks to undermine historic water transfer agreement

UPDATED:   More than a month ago, the Water Authority released a draft report produced by several Southern California water agencies that was to be the centerpiece of a major p.r. campaign to confuse the public about the costs related to the Water Authority’s water transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District.  The draft report, discovered as part of a California Public Records Act request by the Water Authority, revealed a plan to surreptitiously commission the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation to produce what the water agencies hoped would be viewed by the media and the public as an “independent” report.   The public records revealed that the consultants were handpicked for their point of view, and that MWD staff worked on the report and helped to edit the draft.

Read the North County Times, now U-T San Diego, story on the report and the consultants that produced it.

Watch the KPBS-TV interview regarding the study.

Following its disclosure, the Water Authority requested to meet with the LAEDC and correct a number of factual errors and omissions in the report’s data.  Additionally, the Water Authority suggested an independent peer review of the report by an independent economist that would be selected jointly by MWD and the Water Authority.  Although an LAEDC staff person initially agreed to meet, no effort to follow-up on the Water Authority’s offer was made.

Now, more than 18 months and $50,000 later, the agencies released the final report on April 23 with numerous factual errors and omissions, including:

  • The price that the Water Authority pays the Imperial Irrigation District for its independent transfer supplies have nothing to do with whether or not MWD’s transportation rates are legal.
  • The Water Authority’s court challenge is over the price that MWD charges it to transport water purchased from Imperial Valley.  The Water Authority is NOT suing IID over the price we’re paying for the water supplies.
  • The 45-to 75-year water transfer agreements are now in their tenth year.   Those transfer supplies have greatly benefitted not only San Diego County, but all of Southern California.  During the last drought in 2009 and 2010,  when MWD was forced to cut back water deliveries to its member agencies by 13 %, these supplies possibly averted even greater cutbacks.  In San Diego County, the transfer supplies allowed the Water Authority’s cutback to its member agencies to be 8% instead of 13%.  They also reduced regionwide demand on the system, which helped all of MWD’s member agencies during a during a time of  limited supply and uncertainty.
  • Because the facts matter, the Water Authority is currently analyzing the final report, and will publish the results on this website.

To view the Water Authority’s March 8 letter to the LAEDC with its initial concerns with the report, click here.