SACRAMENTO — An official with the Salton Sea Authority has told state water officials the authority is strongly opposed to water transfer projects that would significantly lower the level of the Salton Sea.
In testimony submitted to the California State Water Resources Control Board on Monday, authority Executive Director Tom Kirk explained that the future of the Salton Sea must be factored in to any decision regarding any transfers. He added the authority is not opposed to the Quantification Settlement Agreement nor, necessarily, to the transfer of water from the Imperial Irrigation District to San Diego and the Coachella Valley.
"The authority understands the need and generally supports implementation of the California 4.4 Plan," Kirk said. "However, the authority is deeply concerned about how water will be transferred and the environmental effects of the water transfer."
Noting, "The Salton Sea is one of the most important ecological places in the United States," Kirk said as proposed, water transfers could make restoration of the Salton Sea infeasible.