At last, a voice of reality in the water transfer. The local ads by Maureen Stapleton have been political drivel, but the article in the Thursday, June 6, San Diego Union-Tribune by James F. Turner demonstrates honesty on the part of the San Diego County Water Authority.
Mr. Turner says San Diego is ready to pay the true costs of the water transfer, including the impact to the Salton Sea. The $50 million is omitted because it was an assumed amount that has changed significantly. Some real proposals can be put forward for evaluation, and progress can be made that should solve the snafu in the transfer. It must be done or the free water that California has been addicted to will be lost quickly. Let me put forth an idea that Steve Peace suggested years ago that now has more merit than at that time.
It has been suggested by the California Coastal Commission that San Diego and Orange counties should clean up their sewage water to a higher degree (standards that almost all cities in the U.S. must meet.) They also should find more agricultural and industrial uses for the water rather than simply dumping it into the ocean (sounds like a waste of scarce California water to me). I believe we can help with the agricultural category and perhaps the Salton Sea can help with another category, environmental protection. Imperial Valley agriculture has apparently been sustaining the Salton Sea with flows left over after using the water for the purpose for which it was intended, farming. That is not wasting water!