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Water Weekly 3: Sweet and Stinky News of the Week

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:

Big News

Yeah, we’re excited the cops are finally closing in on Bat Boy, but the really big news this week is just how much good water news there’s been.  Where do we start?  How about the settlement agreement that will allow more water to be pumped from the Delta?  Or the fact that there’s lots and lots of snow in the Sierras and it’s very, very wet?  Or that the fisheries folks are predicting a banner year for California salmon, an indicator fish for Delta ecology? There’s just so much to choose from!

Read all about it!  The Delta Settlement!

Extra! Extra! Snow Packs Mountains!

This just in! Salmon Spawn Like Rabbits!

Stinky News

Big fans of ULFTs – ultra low-flush toilets to those of you who apparently aren’t big fans – may be concerned about a big stink in San Francisco.  According to the city’s Public Utilities Commission, there isn’t enough water in the sewers any more to keep the “biosolids” moving, so “I Left My Nose in San Francisco” may become the city’s new hymn.  People in the know blame the low-flush toilets and have spent $14 million on bleach to freshen things up. But environmentalists have formed Don’t Bleach Our Bay and are raising their own stink.

Catch a whiff of the Chronicle’s article

This Is News?!

OK, we do prefer Julie Roberta as Erin Brockovich over Erin Brockovich as Erin Brockovich.  We also have a preference for national newspapers of record that behave like national newspapers of record, so imagine our disappointment when the New York Times fawned over the aforementioned Ms. Brockovich just because she was in DC to testify on Chromium 6.  Our consternation only worsened when we saw that the aforementioned Times failed to mention that Chromium 6 is carcinogenic when inhaled but not when drunk, or that the infamous “Chrome-town” of Hinkley has lower than normal cancer rates.

See if you can find any objectivity here

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