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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

Uninformed, Miscalculating Environmentalists?!

Last week, we reported (with a cautionary note) on a study by environmentalists that questioned the investment value of water infrastructure bonds.  The study tagged LA as particularly vulnerable, so it’s no big surprise the LA Department of Water & Power fired back this week.  LADWP said the report didn’t acknowledge its successful conservation and water recycling efforts or accurately reflect its efforts to secure a reliable water supply. Typically, the enviros never met with LADWP – why let facts get in the way of sensationalism?  The verdict on the report? “Fundamentally inaccurate.”

Read LADWP’s response here (Word document)

Read the New York Times’ green-leaning news story here

Really Feeling a Drought

We recently lamented to a prominent water journalist about the idiocy of flushing toilets with pristine drinking water, and he responded, “Sometimes I feel cheap writing about drought in the US. In some places, drought means people die.”  How true! Just a few days later, we saw a report on how a drought in China is causing a hospital to limit surgeries, cut back on sterilization, and restrict its patients to one bucket of water a day for all their drinking and hygiene needs.  How lucky we are to have a fantastic water system!

See the report from China Central Television here

Read more on the drought in Guangxi here

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