A spirit of cooperation is emerging among California's water interests, and The Times is right in encouraging more of the same (Sept. 16), "Water: a New Spirit."
This spirit may be best exemplified by the broad support that has been given by water, environmental and business groups from Northern and Southern California to a plan to coordinate the operation of the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.
Another important example also can be found in the dry but fertile Southern California desert where preliminary agreement has been reached on a conservation program that will improve irrigation efficiency in the Imperial Valley and make the saved water available to urban areas of the coastal plain.
If the spirit of cooperation in these two programs proves successful we may finally be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and an end to the bitter water wars that have left Californians factionalized, scarred and suspicious of one another. Water war wounds run deep, but they can be healed.