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Water Weekly 3: Big Water News – In Song!

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:

When Will They Ever Learn?

Talk about salt in the wound! The feds wanted to release an extra 300,000 acre feet of water to adjust the Sacramento Delta’s salinity, but Judge Oliver Wanger again rapped their knuckles and sent them to the dunce’s corner for using lousy science to try to justify their action. Wrote Wanger: “They continue to believe their ‘right to be mistaken’ excuses precise and competent scientific analysis for actions they know will wreak havoc on California’s water supply.” Yeah, but will they listen this time? It’s not like it’s the first time they’ve been caught doing this.

Here’s the full 140-page ruling

Here’s ACWA’s sober statement on the ruling

And here’s Pacific Legal’s more rambunctious statement

The Judge, He Is A’Changin’

No sooner had Judge Wanger ruled on the feds’ “X2″ water release plan than he announced his retirement later this month.  Wanger’s early decisions were tough on the water community, but after dealing with issues related to the Delta he has become increasingly skeptical of government and environmentalist positions, so the news is bad for California’s water users. Also, the Eastern District of California is five times busier than the average U.S. District Court, so we can expect delays in future rulings.

Here’s the Fresno Bee on Wanger’s decision

Puff, The Missing Message

In our business, special events are stressful, sweaty palms affairs because, you know, there’s always something.  We plan, we double-check the checklists, and then the U.S. Senator shows up, 300 or so guests wait to hear her words of wisdom … and she doesn’t address what she’s supposed to address. That’s what happened to our good friends at OC Water District when Sen. Feinstein stood before 300 assembled SoCal water leaders and talked about her vote on the Iran war and Republican inflexibility in the budget talks. Really.  But pros can deal with setbacks, as you’ll see below.

OCWD made the best of it on their Facebook page

And SoCal Water Committee squeezed blood out of the turnip

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