By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer
The El Centro City Council unanimously approved a resolution against the fallowing of farmland for the purpose of providing the water to help restore the Salton Sea.
The action came at Wednesday's meeting and upon request of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors.
IID Division 2 Director Bruce Kuhn briefly explained what he thinks would be the consequences of fallowing as much as 70,000 acres, how fallowing for the sea is totally unrelated to the pending transfer of conserved water from IID to the San Diego County Water Authority and that fallowing is prohibited in the transfer contract with San Diego.
Kuhn said there have been recent moves by the state and federal governments to force fallowing on IID, and if the environmental costs of the transfer are so high that IID board cancels the transfer, there will be "tremendous pressure" to fallow. He said under such conditions, and if ordered by state or federal authorities to do so, IID will have to consider fallowing. He said the IID would not be able to resist such pressures if the transfer is canceled.