As River Runs Dry, Desert Region is at a Crossroads

As early as midnight, scores of Mexicali residents with U.S. citizenship or legal status line up at the port of entry. They cross into Calexico, walking past darkened storefronts, and gather near a 24-hour donut shop. Before dawn, they board buses for fields across the Imperial Valley.

Every year, some 15,000 people legally cross the border to work on farms in the region. In the winter, they join local residents in harvesting as much as 90% of the nation’s vegetables.

Water Deliveries to Dry Delta Along U.S.-Mexico Border to Support Wildlife, Vegetation

The mighty Colorado River used to flow freely all the way to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. But over the years, its delta and various ecosystems have dried up.

Thanks to an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, the delta will receive water deliveries for environmental purposes from now until October. This will help restore a landscape that once supported a rich diversity of life because, as scientists have discovered, life returns if you add some water.

IID Agrees to Sell Energy South of the Border

Imperial Irrigation District voted to sell wholesale energy to Mexicali for the months of July, August, and part of September at the July 7, board meeting. The two parties entered into contract June 18, 2019 to facilitate energy transactions between IID and Centro Nacional de Control de Energia, beginning in 2019 and beyond. Energy Manager Marilyn del Bosque Gilbert presented the contract to the board.