The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a resolution opposing the use of land fallowing as a means to generate water to help restore the Salton Sea, despite being asked to keep all options open.
Division 2 Director Bruce Kuhn said he opposes fallowing because of the potential economic impacts to the Imperial Valley.
"I am not going to do anything to kill the Valley to save the sea," he said.
Board President Andy Horne said the federal government should help with mitigation efforts to save the sea instead of suggesting that revenues from the IID/San Diego County Water Authority be used to pay for mitigation. Horne was referring to comments by Robert Johnson, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regional director for the lower Colorado River basin, who said IID should seriously consider fallowing.
"I find that offensive," Horne said, adding it also was offensive that Johnson said Mexico cannot build a canal to move water from the Colorado to Tijuana.