Judge Upholds Landmark
2003 Colorado River Accord
Decision secures water supplies for
San Diego County and California
The QSA provided the means to implement key water supply programs, such as the All-American Canal Lining Project,
completed in 2010.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly on June 3 validated the 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and rejected all of the remaining legal challenges to the landmark accord. The ruling secures a key component of water supply for the San Diego County Water Authority, which will receive 180,000 acre-feet of water this year as result of the QSA and related projects.
For California, Connelly's decision provides certainty about access to its basic annual apportionment of 4.4 million acre-feet of water from the Colorado River.
"This is a momentous victory for California, and especially for our economy and quality of life in San Diego County," said Thomas V. Wornham, Chair of the Water Authority's Board of Directors. "The Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and its cornerstone water transfer agreements mean long-term water security for our region's $188 billion economy and the quality of life of 3.1 million residents."
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