This is the first follow-up to my recent "A Reader Writes." No. 2 will deal with where the money will come from to pay for my original idea. In No. 3, I will talk about who should be listening, who's not and why they are doing what they are.
If money were no factor involved in all facets of a water transfer, my ideas are probably the best going, according to two different high-level water officials. Let's take one area at a time.
The Salton Sea: The salinity level becomes stabilized overnight. If the water is transferred as once planned, an initial 20,000 acre-feet the first year and increased 20,000 acre-feet a year of 10 years, to reach the 200,000 acre-feet level, the sea would slowly drop five feet in elevation. Yes, this would expose some shoreline, but this is the same shoreline that was exposed 30 years ago. If we transfer 200,000 acre-feet per year without fallowing, the level of the sea is going to drop. My plan will allow those trying to save the sea an additional 30 to 50 years to come up with reasonable alternatives.