The California Regional Water Quality Control Board has released a draft of its total maximum daily load regulations for silt and sedimentation in the Alamo River, and now the clock is running.
The release of that report means there is a limited time to view the draft and respond before the water quality control board votes on whether to finalize the TMDL regulations. That vote will be June 27.
We urge all interested Imperial Valley residents to review the draft and respond. The report calls for the Imperial Valley farmers to cut silt and sediment in the Alamo by 50 percent, from 400 to 200 milligrams per liter.
The report states such a reduction is necessary because the river has been designated as having "limited" water quality. According to the state, the sediment carries toxins and other elements that are dangerous to fish and wildlife that depend on the river and to people who eat fish from the river.