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Voice: Insinuation he supports river aqueduct to San Diego incorrect

September 05, 2001

I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who advised against the prospect of engaging in a wrestling match with a pig, cautioning that while both participants must surely get dirty, the pig would enjoy it.

At the peril of ignoring Mr. Lincoln's wise counsel, I must refute a totally misleading insinuation contained in Cliff Hurley's most recent "Voice of the People" letter on Aug. 29. In his letter, Hurley seems to imply that my participation in two recent panel discussions, during which the subject of a new Colorado River aqueduct was raised, has somehow compromised the Imperial Irrigation District's clearly stated position opposing such a project.

Hogwash.

On both occasions referenced, I stated in the strongest possible terms IID's reasons for not supporting the construction of new facilities to convey any more of California's Colorado River water to the coastal plain. First, that any new capacity would create additional demands on the Imperial Valley to transfer even more water. And second, to even consider this proposal when California is under intense pressure to cut its existing overdraft of the Colorado is pure folly.

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Perhaps Mr. Hurley would rather that representatives of the San Diego County Water Authority be allowed to go around presenting their views on this important issue without someone from the Valley being there to present our side of the story. I sincerely hope that is not what he's advocating.

ANDY HORNE

IID director

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