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Water Weekly 3: The silver screen! All wet!

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:

Shootout in the BDCP Corral

There’s that crusty ol’ gunfighter, Westlands Water District, whipping out his six-shooter and taking a shot at that BDCP hombre.  At least that’s the image we saw when we read the letter Westlands’ president Jean Sagouspe sent to the Department of Interior’s main Bay Delta Conservation Plan negotiator, David Hayes.  “We’re walkin’ away and takin’ our money with us” was the message, and when Westlands rode out of the Ol’ BDCP Corral, it kicked up quite a bit of dust, as you can see:

Read Sagouspe’s letter to Hayes

Read Hayes’ salvo back at Sagouspe

Read the State Water Contractor’s statement

Read Jeff Kightlinger’s statement from MWD

Read the big dog eco-group NRDC’s statement

Read editorials from Riverside and Sacramento

What Lies Beneath

San Diego, forever at the end of the water pipeline and never happy about it, may be a much wetter place than we ever thought.  The problem is, the wet stuff is 1,500 feet underground, in the huge, 350 square-mile San Diego Formation aquifer that runs from La Jolla into Mexico, from offshore to La Mesa.  After nine years of probing, the U.S. Geological Survey is close to understanding the character and potential yield of the “complex coastal biologic-hydrologic environment,” and a lot of San Diegans – with a lot of drilling equipment and lawyers – are eagerly awaiting the news.

Read the San Diego Union Tribune article

Read about the first lawsuit filed over the aquifer

South Pacific

Who hasn’t bought a bottle of Fiji Water, just to drink in a bit of the lush tropical paradise?  And who hasn’t questioned the sustainability of shipping plastic bottles of water halfway around the globe?  And who hasn’t thought about jacking up the taxes on Fijian water exports? OK, probably just Fijian prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama can say “ME!” to that last one, since that’s what he did to California billionaires Linda and Stewart Resnick, owners of Fiji Water.  The Resnicks answered by shutting down the bottling plant. Then they opened it again.  Sounds like someone could make a movie out of this.

Read the San Francisco Chronicle about the closing

Read the Wall Street Journal about the re-opening

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