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Response to the Felix Smith article from top Interior Department official from 1985 to 1990.

Ed Imhoff, was a top Interior Department official who headed a $50 million five-year study of the drainage problems on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley from 1985 to 1990. He saw my story on Felix Smith in the Sacramento Bee, , and sent me the following note:
Thank you Lloyd for acknowledging the key role Felix Smith has played in trying to protect the San Joaquin River, Delta and Bay/ estuary from selenium poisoning. It is not unusual for a good field biologist, such as Felix, to sort out the scientific cause of a disaster like Kesterson Reservoir, and that of the much larger problem of irrigation-induced contamination of much of the Westside San Joaquin Valley. But it is unusual for a governmental scientist to persist in spreading the truth and in demanding remedial action, when such personal initiatives could well end or materially damage a career. So, thank you, Felix, for not remaining silent and for never giving up. As always, you are on the right track. Short of very large-scale land retirement, there may be no solution to the agricultural drainage problems of the Westside San Joaquin Valley."
Edgar Imhoff, former manager, San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program

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