Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly on Wednesday entered a judgment validating the 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and rejecting all of the remaining legal challenges to the landmark accord, in line with his tentative ruling in June. The final 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. By 2021, the QSA transfers will supply 280,000 acre-feet annually to the San Diego region.
“The QSA is a cornerstone of San Diego County’s water supply, and the final order by Judge Connelly validates eight years of work crafting an agreement and 10 years of implementation to help sustain our region’s $188 billion economy for decades to come,” said Thomas V. Wornham, Chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors. “The Water Authority is committed to meeting all of its obligations under the QSA so that this historic pact continues to benefit all the parties involved.”
More information about the QSA, including this week’s court documents, is at www.sdcwa.org/quantification-settlement-agreement.