The Imperial Irrigation District is ready to spend $15 million to mitigate what?
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials want to know what effect the water transfer will have on "our natural environment." What is our natural environment? When did it start? Did the environment of the Imperial Valley, as we know it today, begin 10 years ago? Seventy-five years ago? Or 500 years ago when we were a giant lake 30 feet above sea level?
Did you realize 500 years ago here in the Imperial Valley we had over 9,000 types of birds, and over 20,000 species of fish? Why aren't the environmentalists and USF&W trying to replace them? They were here once and need to be protected and should be returned. And we need to spend whatever it takes to bring them back. If it means we can't transfer water, so be it. We have fishes and weeds that are more important than the water needs throughout the rest of the western seven states.