It is admirable that leaders of Imperial Valley cities are meeting with San Diego officials to let them know about how the water transfer between our areas could affect the Valley.
San Diego officials need to hear our side. They want our water and because they want to grow, even if it means continuing to turn San Diego from paradise into parking lot. San Diego leaders are determined that they are going to have a large pool of our water allotment, the effects on the Valley being … well, not necessarily damned, but downplayed.
The impacts to the Imperial Valley from the transfer, into which we appear to be locked thanks to the "shortsightedness" (we're being nice today) of the Imperial Irrigation District board of the mid-1990s, could be devastating. We're talking about everything from increased unemployment to toxic dust storms to multi-million-dollar lawsuits from environmental groups to the crushing of what could be a bountiful and multi-layered sugar cane industry.