As a winter visitor, I have read with peripheral professional interest the ongoing debate over the water transfer, with fallowing as one aspect of this.
First I must say that giving one quart of your precious Imperial Valley water without a tremendous fight is beyond my imagination. That includes giving any for the Salton Sea.
But I think this aspect of fallowing has not been brought up — and that is increased dust. Our dusty last Tuesday reminds us all that dust is a constant feature of all deserts and worse here in the Imperial Valley due to extensive soil disturbance.
Fallowing will absolutely increase the dust we all suffer on windy days. Fallow fields must be weeded — unless no crops are anticipated for many years — because weeds will grow on a fallow field. If cropping is to be reinstituted in a few years on a fallow field, then it behooves the farmer to control weeds.