The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Mission Springs Water District are considering a partnership to manage and distribute water to Coachella Valley residents, tribal officials announced Friday.
The two groups are slated to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding next week, which will call for a feasibility study proposing the development of infrastructure for the management and delivery of water resources to desert residents.
Approval of the MOU will be considered at the water district’s Monday meeting.
“This is an opportunity to cooperate as neighbors and stakeholders in Coachella Valley water management,” said MSWD General Manager Arden Wallum. “We envision a long-term, mutually supportive relationship with the Agua Caliente Tribe.”
Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said he was “excited” at the prospect of partnering with the water district.
“This potential partnership is the first step with one of the region’s most forward-thinking public water purveyors in developing responsible and creative water management that will ultimately benefit residents of the Coachella Valley. This partnership will allow us to pool our resources and our respective expertise to effectively manage precious water resources well into the future.”