Dale, Pricola, Watte: Three strong voices advocating on behalf of agriculture

Pictured from left to right are Kay Day Pricola, executive director of the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association, Linsey Dale, executive director of the Imperial County Farm Bureau, and Cherie Watte, executive director of Imperial Valley Water (IVH2O), photographed by a wagon used in the early days of farming.

Individually, the executive directors of the Imperial Valley’s three leading agricultural organizations advocate for the farmers they represent to ensure their interests are represented at all levels of government—local, state and federal.

Together, they represent a voice for the Valley’s agricultural industry—the industry upon which the Valley was founded, that to this day continues to drive the local economy as a billion dollar catalyst for growth, and that has faced an unprecedented period of change under the tenets of the nation’s largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer and the difficult realities of an ongoing drought.

The executive directors this article refers to are Linsey Dale

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El Niño has helped but drought continues

Snowpack surveys like the one pictured in this file photo are taking place to determine snow levels and the impact on the drought.

Precipitation and snow levels are higher this year thanks to El Niño conditions, but the drought is far from over, especially as the rains have targeted Northern California while Southern California has been comparatively dryer. That said, there have been benefits along the Colorado River Basin. Namely, a shortage declaration at Lake Mead, which supplies Colorado River to the Lower Basin states, including California, once anticipated for this year, has been pushed back to 2017. It is reasonable to think that additional storms and snow could go father in holding off any such shortage declaration.

But California and our neighboring Basin states are from out of the woods. It would take more than just one good season of rain and snow to move the West out of this

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Water Authority seeks more Prop. 1 funding for the Salton Sea

A photo of an under-construction berm on the southeast shore of the Salton Sea. The berm is being built as part of a Federal project to create shallow-water habitat near Red Hill Marina.
Photo by the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge

The San Diego County Water Authority is joining with other stakeholders in sending a message to the Legislature that while the $80.5 million proposed in the Governor’s budget is a good start, we are urging for a greater share of Proposition 1 funding for the Salton Sea. You will recall that Prop. 1 included $475 million for State environmental settlement projects of which the Sea was identified as one project among others that would qualify for funding. The governor’s proposed $80.5 million in funding for the Sea was a welcome step. However, that amount fell short of the amount stakeholders had hoped for—an amount more in the range of

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