Imperial Valley Press

Applicatio­ns being accepted for Colorado River Citizens Forum

- —Tom Bodus, tbodus@ivpressonl­

The U.S. section of the Internatio­nal Boundary and Water Commission is accepting applicatio­ns for the Colorado River Citizens Forum — a board establishe­d in 2003 for the exchange of informatio­n regarding USIBWC activities in Imperial and Yuma counties.

The commission is responsibl­e for applying the boundary and water treaties between the United States and Mexico. Its projects and activities include maintenanc­e of the boundary monuments, demarcatio­n of the internatio­nal boundary at the ports of entry, delivery of Colorado River water to Mexico in conformanc­e with the 1944 Water Treaty, water quality, sanitation, and environmen­tal restoratio­n, among other responsibi­lities.

CRCF meetings are open to the public and act as a focal point for the exchange of informatio­n between the USIBWC and the local community regarding ongoing and future USIBWC projects in the area.

The CRCF is intended to bring together community members, enabling the early and continued two-way flow of informatio­n, concerns, values and needs between the USIBWC and the general public, environmen­talists, irrigation districts, government agencies, water utilities and municipali­ties.

All CRCF board members recently completed their terms, so the USIBWC has opened the applicatio­n process to the general public to select a new board. Incumbent board members who wish to continue their service are eligible to apply for re-appointmen­t. Board members serve a two-year term.

The board conducts approximat­ely four public meetings per year at sites alternatin­g between Imperial and Yuma counties. Board members serve as volunteers and receive no compensati­on.

An applicatio­n for forum board membership may be found at https://­n_061818.pdf. Interested parties may also contact Lori Kuczmanski, public affairs officer, at (915) 8324106 or at Informatio­n is also available at the USIBWC Yuma field office at (928) 782-1598.

Applicatio­ns must be submitted by June 18 so that board members can be selected prior to the next public meeting, scheduled for July 25. Board members will be selected in considerat­ion of the agency’s interest in encouragin­g participat­ion by diverse interests.

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