I read with interest the article on the front page of the Wednesday edition of this newspaper describing the disagreement over who should get the proceeds from water conservation for the transfer to San Diego.
On one side the farming community feels that they should receive the proceeds since they will be the ones conserving the water. On the other side, Imperial Irrigation District director Stella Mendoza feels that 25 percent of the proceeds should go to the Imperial Valley community because the water "belongs to the people."
Farmers are correct in that the people taking the financial risk and actually doing the conserving should receive the compensation. Stella Mendoza is correct in that this deal should be managed in such a way that the entire community benefits. The challenge is to make these two concepts flow together.
Farmers are members of the community. I don't believe, however that the non-agricultural sector of the community would approve of a farmer being compensated for water conservation if that farmer didn't conserve any water.