It is with caution that we welcome the recently-announced liaison to the Imperial Valley from the San Diego County Water Authority, Imperial-resident Rick Strobel.
We say caution because we would not like to see this position become one through which the county water authority seeks additional water above the 200,000 acre-feet already agreed upon with the Imperial Irrigation District.
If Strobel is truly going to try to build more understanding between San Diego and Imperial counties, that may not be bad.
Hiring a liaison is a smart move by the authority. We cannot help but wonder why it took so long in light of the importance of the water transfer and after the beating the authority took when we broke the news about secret discussions between the authority's ruling minority and the billionaire Fort Worth-based Bass brothers to fallow vast tracts of Valley farmland, sell the accompanying water and take the money and run.