The schemes of the water-marketing interests in the Imperial Valley include:
(1) The landowners owning the water rights based on allocating the entitlement water to the gate.
(2) "Contending that Imperial Irrigation District's water is under state jurisdiction" coupled with "having defensive transfers wherein as much profit is made from them as from voluntary transfers."
(3) Getting paid for not farming whether it is called crop rotation or fallowing.
The water rights of IID are held in trust by the district for the benefit of the landowners. "Allocating water to the gate" means the water rights are no longer held in trust by IID, i.e. Bill DuBois: Water allocated to the gate belongs to the landowners.
If the landowners, rather than IID, hold the water rights, the rights can be sold as they were in Owens Valley. And the Imperial Valley can become a wasteland. Therefore, of all their schemes, "allocating water to the gate" is the most serious and potentially devastating.