CALEXICO — This City Council could take a stand against farm fallowing.
After hearing a 15-minute presentation on the various alternatives that are being proposed to "save" the Salton Sea, the Calexico City Council gave direction to City Attorney Michael Rood to draft a resolution that would oppose fallowing to save the Salton Sea.
That resolution will be voted on at the next council meeting.
The council made its decision after hearing a presentation from Tom Kirk, executive director of the Salton Sea Authority, before Tuesday's council meeting.
Councilman Gilbert Grijalva told Kirk, "Fallowing is controversial in Calexico.
"I don't think farmland should be fallowed for the purpose of reclaiming water for the Salton Sea.
"We have to make sure that we have all the water we need. That is our gold here.
"We shouldn't be penalized for the growth problems of other communities."
Mayor Pro Tem John Renison said regarding fallowing, "We are all concerned with job losses."