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Water Weekly 3: Eco-hawks, Oldtimers and Stinkers

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:

“Virtual River” Runs Dry

The eco-hawks often talk of a “virtual river” that could supply Californians all the water they need, if only they’d conserve more.  It seems the virtual river flows through real farm land, given all the talk about how farmers waste water. Well, in San Diego County, the virtual river theory is getting pretty parched as farmers who are doing all the right things – installing drip irrigation, planting high-value crops – are facing economic ruin because even with the best practices, water’s still going up to $1,400 per acre foot next year.

Let the California Farm Bureau Federation tell you more.

A River of Bad Ink Flows

We only know what we read in the paper … and we seem to remember something about not believing everything you read. So the recent major LA Times hit piece on Central Basin Municipal Water District and the Oldtimers Foundation alleging inside deals and wallet-lining has us waiting for a response.  And waiting.  There’s nothing on the District’s website, and nothing among the 40 comments attached to the story.  Too bad.  Messaging can be very tough – but generally, the tougher it is, the more necessary it is.  You might want to check this out.

Here’s the LA Times’ side of the story

Here are the comments

Relief for a River

Your Weekly Three correspondent has strayed before to write about the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District – Chicago’s sewage guys – and its long-running refusal to do anything much about, you know, sewage. As a result, up to 70 percent of some stretches of the Chicago River is primary-treated sewage.  Even after EPA told them to clean up their act (literally), the board whined about the cost (while raising execs’ salaries). Well, as if to prove that even in Chicago good governance can occur (even if late), the board voted this week to actually behave like grown-ups.  About time.

Hold your nose and read the Chicago Tribune story.

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