Water Weekly 3: So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu
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 Long Goodbye to the Drought
News that Gov. Brown was going to declare the drought over leaked like December’s deluges. We started hearing about it days before the formal announcement, and we figured he was waiting for the Wednesday Sierra snowpack reading. We were right – the announcement came Wednesday night, shortly after DWR reported snow levels in the Sierras were to die for. The Guv did the right thing by reminding us all to conserve, but disappointingly (not surprisingly!) said nothing about the need to fix the ongoing regulatory drought.
No Drought in Drought-End Commentary
We liked this headline: “California Governor Declares [Duh] ‘The Drought is Over,’” although the blog post it was over isn’t worth passing along. Even if the announcement made for a Duh Moment, just about every news outlet in the state picked up the story, most dutifully reporting that we all have to keep conserving – news that was probably missed by most folks, who were busy taking longer than usual showers. We did, however, collect some useful comments from folks who know how to put it all into the proper perspective.
And Let’s Give the Warmies their Due
You can’t just stand around and let a drought end because snow has fallen more this winter than Chevy Chase did in his entire Saturday Night Live career. No, you’ve got to seize the occasion as another opportunity to promote global warming fear-mongering. Who cares if 59 feet – that’s feet! – of snow fell on Squaw Valley this year, obliterating the previous record? “Heavy snowstorms are not inconsistent with a warming planet,” said some Union of Concerned Scientists guy reporters were only too eager to quote. We read the whole darn article twice and were shocked – shocked! – to find that no alternative point of view was presented.
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