What a difference a few years make. Five years ago I was running for the Imperial Irrigation District board and campaigning against the Bass brothers buying farmland and selling the water. Five years later I am saying that maybe we need to talk about idling some of our farmland to protect our valley's interests.
Since the Salton Sea environmental impact report came out, it has become obvious that a water transfer that substantially reduces the water flowing to the sea will cause huge, expensive problems for the sea. The San Diego water transfer program will do just that. It requires the type of conservation that would reduce the flow of water to the sea significantly.
Because the sea has become a critical part of the Pacific Flyway and supports so much wildlife, I think the regulators and environmentalists will fight to keep it alive. The IID needs to be very careful. These are tricky waters.