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Voice: Farmers need new irrigation practices

May 18, 2002

The issue of the water transfer to San Diego has concerned me. I'm more concerned about the pollution of the New River. It seems like the farmers have full control of the water, not the Imperial Irrigation District. The big question is, how much it will affect the Salton Sea?

I don't believe it will affect it at all. Environmental lobbyists should begin to worry about the quality of the water first, then the quantity at the Salton Sea. With over 100 million gallons of filthy water from Mexico to the New River a day, it's hard to believe the dead sea will go down. If in fact the water will be transferred, I hope the money will be invested properly. I mean by starting with the New River. It is a big problem that Calexico, the county and the state are facing.

Farmers are the ones who worry most. My recommendation to them is, change your irrigation system Water is being wasted on a daily basis. Educate the people. Come up with programs to conserve water starting with farmers, schools and businesses throughout the Valley.

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Stop thinking that your water hose is connected directly to the Colorado River. The farmers have been asking how they will benefit from the water transfer. The fear of a future lawsuit and suggestion the Salton Sea will dry up is premature. Farmers do not contribute to the Salton Sea or the New River. The biggest worry is their big pockets.

I hope we can come together on this issue, considering all the facts, not just fictions.

DAVID B. OUZAN

Calexico

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