"So, why am I not there with you? I view it as being prepared."
Recalling how attitudes changed overnight when the drought hit in 1976 and 1977, Gibson added, "If we have a serious water crisis, people are going to be clamoring for water. My concern is that the Russian River, as a fish habitat, will be gone."
With four of five seats up for election in November 2010 election, the composition of the board could change dramatically before the desalination plant's fate is sealed.