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Water Weekly 3: Back to School

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:

Elementary Errors Plague Delta Plan

Our teachers told us we needed to know the basics first, then we’d get to the stuff we liked.  (Like recess!)  We’ve been looking at the fifth draft of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan and we’re ready to rap some knuckles with our ruler (if that’s not considered child abuse now).  It seems they weren’t paying attention to the basics – you know, stuff like how we get less water in dry years than wet ones.  Pay attention, kids, this is going to be on the final: Draft #5 gets a D and can’t be allowed to be the final draft – it’s time to act!

Here’s a little knuckle-rapping by two who got the basics right

ACWA wants you to send a letter like this to a list like this

Hey, Kids! Let’s Politicize Water! (Like It’s Not?!)

The most intriguing story we’ve read recently (first link below) tells of a concerted effort by activists to demonize water use, just as oil use has been demonized. Their tool du jour is an exhibit, “Water: The Exhibition,” that appears to have a lot of good content but goes too far, offering water solutions like, oh, stopping farming in the Central Valley.  It all supports the insidious “human right to water” movement, which sounds like skipping merrily through a field of daisies, but has serious policy and supply reliability implications.

Read the negative critique of “Water: The Exhibit” here

Here the “right” is endorsed by its fiercest proponents

But is a human right to water really helpful?

The Dog Should Have Eaten This Homework

The California legislature is like a mean teacher who hands out too much homework. Sure, they call it “mandates,” but really, what’s an Urban Water Management Plan update if not more nasty homework from Sacramento? Calexico handed in its this week and we’re not anticipating a gold star. After all, it said the city faces no foreseeable water shortage between now and 2030. Maybe a lot of folks left town after the recent earthquake. Maybe the Colorado Basin’s drought is gone forever. Or maybe, like we were known to do, they handed in their paper with a lot of wishful thinking.

Read all about it in the Imperial Valley Press

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