Reclamation Commissioner John Keys to Recognize Water 2025 Challenge Grant Award to Imperial Valley Water District

Media Advisory

Media Contact: Jack Simes, (928) 343-8334

For Release: October 25, 2004

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys will be in Imperial, Calif., on Wednesday, October 27, to participate in an event recognizing the award of a Water 2025 Challenge Grant to the Imperial Irrigation District (IID).

Who: Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Jesse Silva

What: Commissioner Keys will recognize the Imperial Irrigation District for receipt of a Water 2025 Challenge Grant.

When: Wednesday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. Immediately following the ceremony, a tour will be given of the IID Water Operations Center.

Where: Imperial Irrigation District complex library, J-1 building, 333 E. Barioni Boulevard, Imperial, California.

Why: The $115,226 Reclamation grant will help IID implement water measurement improvement projects on the All-American Canal (AAC) to more efficiently and accurately deliver water to the Imperial and Coachella valleys. It is estimated that as much as 37,500 acre-feet of Colorado River water will be saved by this project.

Water 2025 Challenge Grants -- administered by the Bureau of Reclamation -- provide water management agencies throughout the West with matching funds to support a variety of projects to make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation, efficiency improvement, and water marketing projects.

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