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Water Weekly 3: Pesky, Pesky, Pesky Water News

What were the three biggest California water stories of the past seven days?  Well, the news-heads and policy wonks here at Laer Pearce & Associates have compiled them for you here.  You’ll find the Big Three here every week, or you can follow LPAWater on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here.  This week:

Pesky Smelt Insist on Procreating

The smelt-counters in the Delta are finding about twice as many of the little fishies this year, compared to last. Some attribute it to “smelt protections” – even though the State Water Project is pumping five times more water than in early 2010. More likely it’s high water levels and the turbidity that comes with more, faster-flowing water. That’s great news because if the feds accept the smelt’s love of muddy water, using the location of turbid water as an indicator should allow higher pumping volumes.

Here’s the story from the Sacramento Press (more…)

Water Weekly 3: Taxing Times?

What were the three biggest California water stories of the past seven days?  Well, the news-heads and policy wonks here at Laer Pearce & Associates have compiled them for you here.  You’ll find the Big Three here every Thursday, or you can follow LPAWater on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here.  This week:

Sucker Punch

Smoky rooms still rule – except now it’s probably medical marijuana smoke filling rooms like the one the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Center for Biological Diversity met in to hammer out a Santa Ana sucker deal. The Center, an enviro litigation mill, had sued to expand the sucker’s critical habitat within the Santa Ana River, and the closed-door settlement added over 10 percent more land, which will gravely impact 12 water agencies’ beneficial use river flows. The agencies have implemented a successful sucker protection plan, so this is case of no good deed going unpunished.

Read about the 12 agencies’ plan to sue the Service here

Read how the settlement “would literally shut down” the local economy

Here’s a great piece on the topic from DC’s The Hill blog

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Water Weekly 3: Zillions and zillions and zillions

What were the three biggest California water stories of the past seven days?  Well, the news-heads and policy wonks here at Laer Pearce & Associates have compiled them for you here.  You’ll find the Big Three here every Thursday, or you can follow LPAWater on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here.  This week:

Not Going with the Flow

All across the state sweet, tasty water is surging out of dams as massive releases are being made to drop reservoir water levels out of fear of flooding that would come if capacity isn’t available to receive yet more snowmelt from the mountains.  As zillions of gallons flowed to the Pacific only to quickly become undrinkable, a chorus of voices asked, “Why doesn’t California have more reservoirs?” Farmers and city-dwellers argued for ‘em, environmentalists argued against ‘em – just another week in California water, eh?

For example, here’s the story from Oakland, Sacramento and Modesto

Here’s the perspective from Western Growers, George Skelton and Dan Walters

The Environmental Defense Fund questions the feasibility of more storage here

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Water Weekly 3: Arguments, Squabbles and Hissy Fits

What were the three biggest California water stories of the past seven days?  Well, the news-heads and policy wonks here at Laer Pearce & Associates have compiled them for you here.  You’ll find the Big Three here every Thursday, or you can follow LPAWater on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here.  This week:

Is too!  Is not!

The headline pretty much recaps two major PR pushes we saw this week.  AlterNet, a progressive/enviro news service, published a lengthy (9 clicks!) piece, “California Can’t Have it All,” which argued there’s not enough water for both fish and farmers. And  MWD put a PowerPoint online detailing its Delta Vision Strategic Plan which, more rationally, said there’s enough water for both (in most years, anyway).  Both are thoughtful pieces, but we sure thought one was more thoughtful.

Read AlterNet’s “California Can’t Have It All” here

Check out MWD’s Delta Vision Strategic Plan here

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