In your Oct. 22 editorial, you caution me about considering fallowing a "viable" alternative. I agree with your regular opinions that our water rights must be protected.
The transfer of water to San Diego seems to be edging closer to reality. What is taking longer is our understanding of its ramifications.
On one hand, if we ask our farmers to be more efficient with pump-back and other irrigation systems, we will accelerate the decline of the sea and expose thousands of acres of the sea to the wind. Fixing some of these environmental impacts were estimated by one consultant to be $3 billion to $7 billion.
On the other hand, if we fallow, we minimize or eliminate environmental costs and then have "people" impacts. Those costs equal a few million dollars a year for the first couple of years of the water transfer.