The headlines in the paper say that the governor is going to order fallowing in the Imperial Valley.
In a crisis the governor can put the domestic water needs ahead of agriculture. I don't think this has been done before, but it is in the water code. In 1992 near the end of the seven- year drought, Gov. Wilson could have done that, but he chose to create a state water bank instead. He let farmers idle ground voluntarily and paid them $125 an acre-foot for the water. It lasted about one year and then it started to rain. As I remember, the state got about 800,000 acre-feet into the bank and sold about half of it. There was no third-party impact money. Nobody thought about it.
One of the things that is making it more difficult for the Imperial Irrigation District is that the Colorado River is in terrible shape. We are in the third year of a bad drought. It looks like the river is going to yield only 40 percent of normal this year, and this means the MWD's aqueduct won't run full next year unless the San Diego transfer gets signed or it rains a lot. Because of this, I think that we need a fallback plan in case our San Diego transfer falls apart.