In response to the question posed by the title of a May 16 article in this paper — "Dairy farmers looking to move in our back yard?" — the first question we should be asking ourselves is why other California counties don't want dairies in their back yards. What they have learned about dairies leads me to think that any dairy farmers considering moving here should be told that Imperial County is not the answer to their prayers.
If indeed a permit has been taken out in our county for a 3,000-cow facility, the owners of that facility should be thinking about whether they have a spare $500,000 to spend on environmental impact reports as did a dairy that tried to move from Chino to Kern County.
Contrary to a statement made by Jim Kuhn in the article referred to above, Imperial County does have groundwater, and it will have to be protected. Studies conducted on behalf of the county have shown that groundwater exists in several areas throughout the county, and in some locations is of excellent quality. Some of the groundwater is even in hydraulic action with the Colorado River, the water of which, as we all know, is already the subject of many ongoing discussions and disputes. Even where the quality of the groundwater is poor, there is no basis for polluting it.