‘This makes “Chinatown” look like high school’

Suspicions, conspiracy theories: Imperial Irrigation District election about QSA and much more

In a community whose sole source of water is the distant Colorado River, the Imperial Irrigation District is a formidable public agency because it controls the spigot.

In June the majority of this powerful district’s five-member board is up for election, and the main issue is of course: water.

Just as it transformed the Imperial Valley from a desert into the ninth-largest producing agricultural county in California, water divides the Valley, fueling suspicions and conspiracy theories. People whose community roots run deep advocate, argue and litigate over how to make sure the water keeps flowing, a political undercurrent that surfaces during board elections.

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