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Voice: Water conservation should benefit entire Valley

March 28, 2002

I have followed with bemused concern the drama of what to do with conserved water. Water is the lifeblood of the Imperial Valley. Without water we live in a parched desert. With water we live in a fertile oasis.

Do not be fooled by discussions of what to do with conserved water. The real issue is how much money a few already-wealthy farmers and land owners can make.

If Imperial Valley water is really conserved, it should benefit all of us, not just a few. What is going to replace the jobs lost by fallowing land to conserve water?

Property owners, beware. If enough water is conserved, your property values are likely to drop precipitously. Population is likely to level off and then decline. When that happens our homes will cease to accrue value and start to lose value.

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History can teach us something. Los Angeles needed more water many years ago. As a result, the Owens Valley dried up and today stays dry. Los Angeles bought it up and uses its water to this day. Let us not have the same thing happen to us. Look it up at this Web site: http://www.usc.edu/isd/archives/la/scandals/owens.html.

LARRY R. OSA

El Centro

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