With the future of farming in Imperial County at the center of debate, a local technical advisory committee created by the state is asking state water officials to delay a program many say could make it too expensive to farm in this area.
The program is known as the total maximum daily load requirements aimed at reducing the level of elements such as silt allowed to move through water ways.
The TMDL requirements would be enforced by the state's Regional Water Quality Control Board.
As part of those requirements, Imperial County would — in the initial phases — be forced to cut the amount of silt flowing off farms into the Alamo River.
Eventually, the amount of silt flowing into the New River also would have to be cut. In addition, in future years, other elements flowing in local water ways also would have to be reduced.