Oct 23, 2013 2:48 PM
EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — Imperial County leaders have hammered out a deal to restore the Salton Sea and raise $3 billion to revive the shoreline economy.
The U-T San Diego newspaper says (http://bit.ly/1ceb7yb) the accord announced Tuesday ends more than a decade of infighting between the county and the Imperial Irrigation District over the ongoing sale of water to the San Diego region.
Among the goals is to establish a shoreline economy driven by new alternative-energy development.
The proposal calls for building of a transmission line to tie geothermal production into the statewide grid. Officials say the geothermal development could be worth at least $3 billion over 30 years.
The new agreement does not change the terms of the ongoing water transfer between Imperial and the San Diego County Water Authority signed in 2003.
Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com