The San Diego County Water Authority had a private firm conduct a secretive survey in the Imperial Valley, asking local people their opinions on the proposed water transfer between SDCWA and the Imperial Irrigation District.
The coastal water agency has every right to do whatever survey it wants wherever it wants. We have no problem with that. What we do have a problem with is SDCWA officials saying the survey must be studied before it is released publicly. Come on, folks! Survey results are not exactly the hardest things in the world to understand.
While anyone who has ever done any polling will tell you a survey can be designed to better get the result you want, we think the SDCWA probably still didn't get the result it wanted, hence the reluctance to release the results.
We know those in the Valley who are paying attention to water issues — and most are — have some concerns about the effect the transfer will have on the Valley, particularly if farmland fallowing is imposed on us by state and federal leaders. We would make the educated guess that is what the survey says.