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Voice: Is Imperial Valley going to be another Owens Valley?

January 12, 2002

The water shortage in the urban area of Southern California will be 2 million acre-feet by 2020. The state looks to Imperial Valley's ag water as a solution to its problem.

The Imperial Irrigation District board has put the pins in order for this to happen, i.e.

(1) The water transfer petition contains the big lie that IID's water is under state jurisdiction.

(2) There are defensive transfer terms whereby the landowners/growers will make as much profit from transfers based on the "threat of the state taking (appropriating) our ag water" as from voluntary transfers.

If the water-marketing interests continue to control the IID board, it will only be a matter of time before all of IID's ag water is transferred. And, like Owens Valley, the Imperial Valley will become another wasteland.

CLIFF HURLEY

El Centro

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