Imperial Valley Press
Applications being accepted for Colorado River Citizens Forum
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:// www.ibwc.gov/Files/CF_CR_Application_061818.pdf. Interested parties may also contact Lori Kuczmanski, public affairs officer, at (915) 8324106 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.