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Water Weekly 3: Godzilla vs. Moonbeam!

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:

Mixed Signals from Brown

Gov. Brown paid a visit to the Fresno Bee editorial board this week. As the nation’s #1 ag county, water matters in Fresno, and Brown said all the right things in support of conveyance as part of a needed Sacramento Delta fix. Excuse how muted our “yay” is, because this week also saw Brown dumping the only GOP members of the pivotal California Water Commission – who happened to be the President of ACWA and the author of the water bond.  What’s it going to be, Guv, politics or bipartisan hard work?

Here’s the editorial the Fresno Bee wrote after Brown’s visit.

Read the Sacramento Bee on Brown’s ax job

“Press on!” says MWD’s Jeff Kightlinger

Curious about the top ag counties? Here they are.

A Sucker Punch Lawsuit

We’ve fought the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service over scientifically flawed critical habitat designations – and won! – so we’re rooting for the twelve Inland Empire water agencies that sued the Service this week over a flawed decision to double the critical habitat of the Santa Ana sucker. They say the decision will take out one-third of the water supply for 1 million Californians, driving up rates.  We agree, and suggest that the Service would do well to stop prostrating itself before litigious environmental groups.

Here’s the agencies’ news release on the lawsuit

Here’s a good write-up of the lawsuit

Gush, Gush or Choo, Choo?

Disclaimer: We just might have been caught thinking once or twice that the California High Speed Rail project is a Godzilla-sized boondoggle. That may explain why we got a kick out of an editorial the Press Enterprise ran this week under the title, “Water trumps rail,” which said Gov. Brown “has the state’s top infrastructure priorities half right.” Delta fix: Right. High speed rail: Wrong, wrong, wrong, especially since the planned first leg of the line, connecting the megalapolae of Madera and Corcoran, will cost a few billion more than the entire Sacramento Delta fix. Crush it, Godzilla!

Here’s the excellent Press-Enterprise editorial.

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