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Water Weekly 3: Up, Up and Up Again

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:

Election Round-Up

On Election Day as voters across the country re-defined the American political mainstream, Californians defiantly went up a different creek – whether they did so with or without a paddle remains to be seen.  In any case, the election was big news for water wonks.

  • At the local level, most water district incumbents did well.
  • At the state level, the Brown administration will be gray – the governor-elect has signaled he’ll surround himself with advisors from his first two terms, including water wonk Jerry Merrill.  One important water legislator, Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), went under.  Prop 23′s defeat will likely raise energy and compliance costs, and therefore rates.
  • Nationally, Jim Costa, the pro-water Democrat, lost to his Republican challenger, but all other prominent water folks were re-elected, including George “Fish before Farmers” Miller.  Of course, Carly Fiorina, who campaigned hard for water fixes (using messaging prepared by Laer Pearce & Associates) fell to Barbara Boxer, who has never seen a water infrastructure project she likes.

Read Jerry Brown’s water supply plan here

Read Barbara Boxer’s water supply plan here

Read ACWA’s election analysis here (more…)

The Water Weekly 3: Trout, Drought and Miscalculating Environmentalists

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, 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:

Pay-back Time?

We’ve been hip-deep in the Endangered Species Act for 20 years, so this is an ESA case we’re following with great interest:  Casitas Municipal Water District, which serves 65,000 Ventura Countians, is asking the Feds to pony up $87.3 million for water the district was forced to divert from its customers to endangered steelhead trout. Last time we checked, the trout were waaay behind on their water bills.  In 2008, a three-judge panel ruled the government did indeed take the water, going beyond mere regulation, and this week, the district’s lawyers presented their case.

Read the Ventura County Star article here

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