As the San Diego water transfer develops, it appears that the IID is painting itself into a corner, and the lawyers seem to be doing most of the painting. As the EIR information leaks out, the options for transferring water are coming into focus.
It looks like we are going to be left with choices that most people are not going to like. One is to do nothing. The second is to do the on-farm conservation. The third is to idle some farm ground and transfer the saved water.
If the do-nothing option is exercised, we would not transfer water to the coast. The state plan to keep the 17 million people on the coast from running short of water would be disabled and the IID would be faced with some very rough water rights problems.
The on-farm conservation option is the road we are headed down. This would be easy on the local economy, but it would shrink the Sea substantially and make it almost impossible to save. It would make saving the sea very expensive and could trap us into some huge environmental lawsuits that could test our farm community's solvency.