One of the most intriguing pieces to come out of all the water transfer documents and testimony is a study that states despite a reputation for using water inefficiently, the Imperial Irrigation District and the farmers within the district actually are uncommonly efficient in their handling of water.
Take that, all you people and agencies who like to tar IID and its farmers as a huge water waster as propaganda in the never-ending war to get our water.
The on-farm efficiency rate in Imperial County in recent years, according to a study done by Fort Collins, Colo.-based Natural Resources Consulting Engineering Inc., was 83 percent. That means 83 percent of the water delivered to farm headgates in the Imperial Valley was used for crop evapotranspiration, leaching and other crop-production uses. The years of the study were 1988-1997, and we are sure IID and farmers have gotten even more efficient in the last five years.