Unity needed on Salton Sea issue
Voice: Unity needed on Salton Sea issue
Several recent articles discussed the fight between farmers and IID over who controls the water.
The much bigger threat that the Valley needs to focus on is that the state is reneging on its agreement to mitigate all environmental impacts to the Salton Sea as water is transferred. This affects everyone alike regardless of whose “side” you are on. Your children are going to breathe worse and worse air and property values will plummet as the sea dries up.
Just last week, the Metropolitan Water District convinced Sen. Ducheny to take language out of legislation that links the state’s obligations to fix the sea to the QSA. Ducheny says that it does not matter and that you should be happy for the $47 million appropriation. Forty-seven million dollars sounds like a lot but its not even 1 cent on the dollar (.5 percent) of what is needed for the sea, according to the state.
Don’t be fooled again. Andy Horne refused to sign the QSA in 2002 because of Salton Sea damages. The state then guaranteed that it would fix all damages to the sea and the QSA was adopted. The problem is that that agreement was an unfunded sham and unenforceable. MWD knows it and wants to make sure it isn’t stuck with the liability for the water transfers. It wants YOU to bear the consequences.
The Salton Sea is the one issue that should unite Imperial. It’s time to stand together and to demand that the state and the outside water interests pay the true price of Imperial’s water. A deal is a deal. If the state won’t legally commit to the true costs of fixing the sea, the IID board should refuse to transfer water until they do. This may be the last chance the Valley has to stand together.