With water issues, there is no denying one issue is tied to another. For that reason we support a recent move by Imperial Valley residents on the technical advisory committee assigned by the state to review the issue known as total maximum daily load, or stated more simply, water quality.
The technical advisory committee has asked that the state delay new TMDL requirements until more information is known on issues such as the transfer of 200,000 acre-feet per year of Imperial Valley water to San Diego and the proposed effort to save the Salton Sea from the high salt content that is killing it.
Total maximum daily loads are the amount of elements such as silt allowed into waterways. Proposed new TMDL requirements, federal standards that would be enforced by the state Regional Water Quality Control Board, would require a sharp reduction of silt in the Alamo River, with more standards on different waterways to follow.