Don Cox recently sent two letters to the editor in which he compares the water-transfer agreement between the Imperial Irrigation District and the San Diego County Water Authority with the land fallowing agreement between the Palo Verde Irrigation District and the Metropolitan Water District.
As general manager of the SDCWA and a chief negotiator of the deal, I would like to build on Mr. Cox's comments.
Mr. Cox makes the point that he and others in the Valley who were opposed to fallowing in the past have new reasons to believe fallowing may be the best if not only way to resolve environmental issues and implement a beneficial water transfer.
We might agree. However, this is a new and different point of view than was expressed by Mr. Cox or IID during negotiations of the San Diego water-transfer agreement, when IID's negotiating position was to avoid all forms of land fallowing, including the PVID-type of land fallowing that Mr. Cox now commends.