Re "Finally, one California water deal gets done" (Dan Walters, Sept. 30): Despite the court's action upholding the 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement for Colorado River water, it did nothing to advance one of the deal's central objectives: prevent the accelerated decline of the Salton Sea.
It was known at the time that redirecting Imperial Valley water to San Diego would cause the sea to shrink and degrade -- making it uninhabitable for hundreds of fish and bird species as well as subjecting residents to toxic dust storms from tens of thousands of acres of exposed shoreline. Unfortunately, the state has not funded the sea's restoration as promised. In 2018, the sea's decline will be hastened by virtue of the fact that replacement water deliveries are scheduled to stop.
Because the long-term viability of these ag-to-urban water transfers hinges on a viable plan for the Salton Sea that can be funded, all parties to the 2003 deal must continue to work together.
-- Kevin E. Kelley, Imperial