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Water Weekly 3: Up, Up and Up Again

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:

Election Round-Up

On Election Day as voters across the country re-defined the American political mainstream, Californians defiantly went up a different creek – whether they did so with or without a paddle remains to be seen.  In any case, the election was big news for water wonks.

  • At the local level, most water district incumbents did well.
  • At the state level, the Brown administration will be gray – the governor-elect has signaled he’ll surround himself with advisors from his first two terms, including water wonk Jerry Merrill.  One important water legislator, Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), went under.  Prop 23′s defeat will likely raise energy and compliance costs, and therefore rates.
  • Nationally, Jim Costa, the pro-water Democrat, lost to his Republican challenger, but all other prominent water folks were re-elected, including George “Fish before Farmers” Miller.  Of course, Carly Fiorina, who campaigned hard for water fixes (using messaging prepared by Laer Pearce & Associates) fell to Barbara Boxer, who has never seen a water infrastructure project she likes.

Read Jerry Brown’s water supply plan here

Read Barbara Boxer’s water supply plan here

Read ACWA’s election analysis here

Water Conservation Drying Up?

“Hey, the drought’s over, so bring on that good ol’ mindless over-use of water!”  That’s not exactly the message mega-wholesaler MWD wants you to take away from its upcoming consideration of a measure that would lift supply restrictions to its member agencies and penalties for over-use, but it does seem to reflect Californian’s on again/off again attention to water conservation.  The Met board will consider the matter at its Nov. 9 meeting.

Read the Press-Enterprise story here

Up for a Shameless Plug?

First, we’d like to plug the Irvine Ranch Water District’s awesome website – winner of a “Best in the Industry” award from the New Media Institute. The award recognized how well the website serves its audience, the overall user experience, the ease of navigation, and the content and design.  Second, we’d like to plug our good friends at … Laer Pearce & Associates.  We are profoundly grateful that the IRWD communications team gave us the tasks of analyzing the old site, suggesting a new architecture and presentation, and drafting much of the new content.

Check out the award-winning website here

Read the news release on the award here

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