In order for any future water transfer to take place, two things must occur or it will "never" happen. No 1. — The federal government must take over the mitigation of the Salton Sea. No. 2. — If we have to fallow 3 acre-feet, someone must pay for the third foot.
Let me explain No. 2. It now appears everyone in the world wants the Imperial Irrigation District to fallow. San Diego does, but is only willing to pay for the water they receive, i.e. the first 2 acre-feet. If we fallow 3 feet, 1 of those feet must flow to the Salton Sea so it does not lower. Currently no one wants to pay for that additional foot, hence there will be no transfer.
The IID board has known for about one year that the current water transfer, as now structured, will never occur. But yet they have spent millions of dollars needlessly that belonged to approximately 250 farmers. Why? In my opinion they have no backbone to say "no," and "enough is enough." It appears they want to spend the $15 million on environmental work because "it's" not their money and they feel since the current agreement says they must, that they will.