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Voice: Aqueduct idea just exposes longtime S.D. plans for our water

February 09, 2001

Monday's editorial prompted me to dust off a letter I wrote to the I.V. Press 10 or 12 years ago. Both writings focused on Valley water.

My letter recounted a meeting with a high-level San Diego County planner and long-term friend while we were helping initiate an historic site to the California Landmark Registry. He commented how the county had several community-size developments going through the planning process at that time. Jokingly, I asked since the reservoirs were usually low, how San Diego would supply the expansions with water.

The joke turned on me when he said: "Don't be stupid! We intend to get it from you. We plan on drying up Imperial Valley. We don't need you; we'll get all the food we want elsewhere. All we want is one extra drop of your water. That'll be our precedent, and from then it'll only be a matter of time before we get the rest."

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Is that mindful of Los Angeles County and Owens Valley early last century? History doesn't repeat itself. It just keeps moving forward in one long stream.

The potential for Owens Valley was drained away in the Los Angeles aqueduct. Don't let San Diego drown our potential in the planned aqueduct now being rushed.

JAY VON WERLHOF

Ocotillo

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