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Voice: IID director misstated Salton Sea history

December 09, 2001

I had the pleasure to attend the Imperial City Council meeting Nov. 21 and address the issue of the Salton Sea plan currently circulated by the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation and the executive director of the Salton Sea Authority. To its credit the Imperial council voted to adopt a resolution that opposes this plan that could permanently fallow 20 percent of the Imperial Valley farmland.

In my exuberance to state the position of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors, I may have misstated an important historical fact. The Salton Sea is sustained by run-off farm water. The sea was not created by farm run-off.

My main point remains valid: I don't think it should be our legacy to kill farming and the Valley to save the sea.

BRUCE KUHN

IID director

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