Several months ago the Palo Verde Irrigation District put an agreement together to transfer up to a 110,000 acre-feet of water to Metropolitan Water District. This was done in a matter of weeks with almost no cost and no lawyers. The Imperial Irrigation District has spent three years and about $20 million trying to put together a deal with San Diego for 200,000 acre-feet that I think is doomed.
I think the Salton Sea will dictate what we do. I don't think it will give us a choice. If we do the conservation called for in the San Diego deal, it is going to reduce the flow to the sea and shrink it so much that it won't be practical to save it.
Because it has become part of the Pacific Flyway and supports so much wildlife, the environmentalists and the government aren't going to let it die. The only way to save the sea and transfer water that makes sense is to idle some ground. That's what Palo Verde has chosen to do, even though they don't have a Salton Sea to challenge them.