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Water Weekly 3: Taxing Times?

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:

Sucker Punch

Smoky rooms still rule – except now it’s probably medical marijuana smoke filling rooms like the one the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Center for Biological Diversity met in to hammer out a Santa Ana sucker deal. The Center, an enviro litigation mill, had sued to expand the sucker’s critical habitat within the Santa Ana River, and the closed-door settlement added over 10 percent more land, which will gravely impact 12 water agencies’ beneficial use river flows. The agencies have implemented a successful sucker protection plan, so this is case of no good deed going unpunished.

Read about the 12 agencies’ plan to sue the Service here

Read how the settlement “would literally shut down” the local economy

Here’s a great piece on the topic from DC’s The Hill blog

Feels Like a Big Tax Refund

We particularly liked this LPAwater tweet: “This is news? Excess is now OK in Beverly Hills? (Oh – excess watering restrictions have been lifted!)”  Then there was the headline, “Water your lawn, people, restrictions are off.”  Yep, it’s true: Met’s board voted to lift restrictions and deliver full water supplies to its 26 member agencies. This winter’s rain – and having Diamond Valley Reservoir to fill with it – feels like getting a hefty refund from the IRS. But just like there will be taxes to pay again next year, remember that the next drought is just around the corner!

Here’s Met’s news release on its board’s action

The Beverly Hillbillies can water their lawn every day again

Water your lawn, people!” (With almost NSFW photo)

Taxing Our Patience

Smartly, an abundant water supply didn’t stop Congressional leaders from holding hearings in Fresno this week on the relationship between species-related water supply restrictions and job losses.  While we admit there may have been some political grandstanding going on by the Congressmen, we found a pre-hearings blog post by the Natural Resource Defense Council a particularly reprehensible example of Soviet-style propaganda. The author pretended this year’s precipitation excess is the norm in order to arm anti-farm, anti-city eco-activists with false messages for the hearing. Fortunately, someone (blush!) called them out.

Let’s start with a good news report on the hearing itself

Now, here’s the NRDC propaganda piece

And LP&A’s Clarity Blog exposes the eco-propaganda

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