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Water Weekly 3: Delta Plan and Generations Spanned

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:

Duh, Duh, Duh, Yikes

The Delta Stewardship Council released the first of four drafts of the Draft Delta Plan that, when all are published, will lay out the entire concept for environmental review.  The first draft’s four points were three duhs and a yikes: California’s water is oversubscribed (duh), it’s an increasingly volatile issue (duh), there’s no emergency response plan for the Delta (duh) and even with our best efforts, some Delta species will go extinct (yikes, because that’s an opening for endless litigation to postpone solutions).   Subsequent elements will be published March 17, April 21 and May 19.

Read the explanatory cover letter

Download the first study

Read the Sacramento Bee coverage

A Piece of Cake

Southern California got a hint this week about how its massive Metropolitan Water District might go about meeting the challenge of the “20% by 2020″ water conservation mandate the legislature passed in 2009.  It’s called “market transformation” and it was used by California’s electric utilities when they faced the same sort of challenge.  It involves getting utilities, federal and state government and private companies to all work together.  Oh, that’ll be a piece of cake!  And (no surprise) San Diego is more than a little critical.

Read the North County Times article

Same Old, Same Old, Same Old, Same Old

We loved this story out of London, by way of the Belfast Guardian.  It seems the Langford clan has a thing about water that runs waaaaay deep and goes waaaaay back.  It started in 1850, when Vince Munday took a job as a clerk at New River Head, which later became a part of London’s Metropolitan Water Board. Now his great-great-nephew, Jon Langford (pictured), works at MWD, as have various dads, brothers, uncles and cousins, accumulating at least 419 years – and maybe 450 years – of time providing Londoners with water.

Read all about it here

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