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Water Weekly 3: Pesky, Pesky, Pesky 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 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:

Pesky Smelt Insist on Procreating

The smelt-counters in the Delta are finding about twice as many of the little fishies this year, compared to last. Some attribute it to “smelt protections” – even though the State Water Project is pumping five times more water than in early 2010. More likely it’s high water levels and the turbidity that comes with more, faster-flowing water. That’s great news because if the feds accept the smelt’s love of muddy water, using the location of turbid water as an indicator should allow higher pumping volumes.

Here’s the story from the Sacramento Press

Pesky Facts Get in the Way of Enviro Messages

For years, the big thinkers at the Pacific Institute have been hammering on California farmers about water waste. Their message: Use smarter irrigation systems, raise “high value” crops … and oh, as a motivation, pay a lot more for water. Well, in San Diego County, farmers are paying twice what they paid for water five years ago, and they’ve installed very cool conservation systems, and they grow stuff like avocados and flowers.  And guess what? They’re going out of business. The lesson: Real water supply counts a lot more than the Pacific Institute’s much-touted “virtual river.”

Read the story in The Mercury News

And here’s the California Farm Bureau’s take

Pesky Transportation Costs

Finally, our water woes are over! Abundance for all!  Scientists have found a new source of water holding … yes, it’s for real … at least 140 trillion times all the water in our pretty blue planet’s oceans.  We’re not sure if it’s potable or not, so we should send some water quality experts to check it out. Trouble is, it will take them 12 billion light years just to get there … and when they do, the black hole that holds the water will suck them in. Dang. It looks like we’ll just have to pass that water bond and take care of earth’s problems here on earth.

Read about the water-rich APM 08279+5255 quasar here

Read the opening salvo in the water bond campaign here

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