Quantification Settlement Agreement

The Quantification Settlement Agreement for the Colorado River was completed in October 2003. This historic agreement provides California the means to implement water transfers and supply programs that will allow California to live within the state's 4.4 million acre-foot basic annual apportionment of Colorado River water.

 


9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling – May 19, 2014

QSA Judgments - July 31, 2013

QSA Ruling - June 4, 2013

The QSA is a major achievement for enhancing San Diego County's long-term water supply reliability. Supplies related to the accord now account for nearly 30 percent of our region's water and they will continue to grow in the year's ahead.

The QSA also commits the state to a restoration path for the environmentally sensitive Salton Sea and provides full mitigation for these water supply programs.

WATER TRANSFERS 2003-2021


The Parties

Statewide Benefits

1. Reduces California's over-dependence on Colorado River — the QSA enables California to reduce its historic over-dependence on the Colorado River to its 4.4 million acre-foot basic annual apportionment through voluntary agriculture-to-urban water transfers and other water supply programs.

2. Salton Sea Restoration — As part of the QSA legislation enacted in October 2003, the state completed a programmatic environmental impact report to identify a preferred alternative and funding plan for restoring the Salton Sea in June 2007. The Department of Water Resources received $20 million of Prop. 50 funds from the State Water Resources Control Board to perform the PEIR and related work. Under the QSA- related legislation, an innovative restoration funding program may be implemented in which the state of California purchases water from the Imperial Irrigation District for sale to the Metropolitan Water District, generating funds for the restoration program.

3. Voluntary agricultural transfers provide more than 30 million acre-feet for urban use — Over the life of the QSA programs, more than 30 million acre-feet moves from primarily agricultural use to primarily urban use.


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QSA Documents in PDF
 

icon_pdf.pngQSA Fact Sheet

icon_pdf.pngQuantification Settlement Agreement October 10, 2003

Agreements to which the San Diego County Water Authority are signatories include:

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