Your editorial ("Halt the Decline at Mono Lake," June 17) urges Los Angeles to discontinue the diversion of water from the Mono Basin because Los Angeles "never will win its legal battle" over Mono Basin water rights.
I believe the issue surrounding Los Angeles' water rights in Mono Basin should not be viewed as one of winning or losing a legal battle, but rather of seeking an equitable balance between two competing interests, the lake's ecosystem versus the water supply needs of the people of Los Angeles.
The fact that the controversy has entered its 11th year is an indication of the complex nature of the issues surrounding this case.
Just recently, the city presented to the court a proposal that would assist in developing the necessary data to allow a determination of the safe minimum level for the lake. We feel confident that once a safe minimum level is identified, the court will finally have a sound and rational basis for striking the reasonable public trust balance called for by the state Supreme Court.