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Water Weekly 3: Drama in California’s water news

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:

The Junk-science-man Cometh

The pseudo scientists at the Environmental Working Group have been at it again, drumming up public hysteria (and funds, presumably) by publishing yet another sloppy “scientific” analysis of nasty stuff in our water.  This time it’s Chromium 6, and hundreds of newspapers picked up the story, most not bothering to note that there’s no data whatsoever linking cancer to Chromium 6 in water supplies.  Or that cancer levels in the famous Chromium 6 town of Hinkley CA are below normal.  Still, EPA announced that based on EWG’s study, it would look into Chromium 6 in water. Sigh.

Read EWG’s analysis here

Read a typical rebuttal here

Read about Hinkley’s cancer rate here

Apres Moi, Le Deluge

A La Nina year often will start off wet, but this one was something else, with December and early January participation already making 2010-2011 a wetter-than-average year in California.  At the Costa Mesa measuring station, we’re at 140 percent of a normal year.  But, also typical of La Nina, it’s creating drought conditions, just not in our neck of the woods.  Without further adieu, the links:

A good wrap-up news story here

California’s reservoir and snowpack levels here (interactive)

Flood releases make a good argument for new reservoirs

Check out where La Nina’s causing droughts here

King Laird

Orange may or may not be the new black, but for sure Brown is the new green.  The incoming governor signaled that he’s going to be true to his longstanding environmentalist roots when he named John Laird as his resources secretary.  Laird, the co-author of the AB 32 global warming act, “was the highest ranking voice for the environment in the inner circle of leadership,” according the California League of Conservation Voters.  Still, he represented the water-parched Central Coast, so it will be interesting to see if he works to facilitate a Sacramento Delta fix.

Here’s the breaking news story on the announcement

Here’s a giddy environmentalist report

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