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Water Weekly 3: “Shanghaiing the Yangtze” and more!

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:

Shanghaiing the Yangtze

Harken with us back to the days of yesteryear, before “unsustainability” became an unpardonable sin, back when “exploitation” defined our approach to natural resources. Sigh. Sort of. There’s a lot to be said for keeping species alive, even if it can be a costly pain in the … water bill.  But in China, they’re still into subjugating nature, as described in this fascinating article about plans to divert six trillion gallons of water a year from the Yangtze River. We balk at $11 billion for the SacDelta fix, but this project’s price tag is $62 billion!

Check out the New York Times article here

And here’s a map showing the different diversion routes

Speaking of moving water long distances, how about from the moon?

Ratting Out Chrome Six

When you read, “We strongly support the principle of sound science as the foundation for regulatory decisions,” you know there’s no sound science lurking about.  That’s why we liked the Southern California Water Committee’s letter to CalEPA on the revised draft Public Health Goal for Hexavalent Chromium 6 in water. It seems the state wants to rush tougher Cr6 limits through even though there’s info coming soon on the relevance to humans of dosing rats with mountains of the stuff. Are there scientists or rats at CalEPA? We’ll find out soon.

Read the SoCal Water Committee letter to CalEPA here.

Tickling the Jolly Green Giant

Fortunately, the tombstone is a joke – but really, wasn’t 2009 in the Central Valley a near-death experience for the big guy? Fields left fallow, orchards cut down, farm workers forced to stand in line for food hand-outs – all because of natural and regulatory drought. Both are lifting this year and the farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley are enjoying the change. If you want a good example of how water sustains people and economies, read “West side farming making a comeback.”

Read the Modesto Bee article here.

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