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Water Weekly 3: Wars and Rumors of Wars

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:

Border Wars

After fighting proposed ocean desalination in Carlsbad and Huntington Beach for a couple centuries (well, it feels like that even if it’s only been a decade or so), environmentalists were shocked that the San Diego County Water Authority might buy water from a desal plant proposed at a Rosarito Beach power plant just across the border from thirsty San Diego. Calling the proposed plant a “trans-boundary scam,” one opponent whined, “It’s absolutely unethical!”   And abusing the courts with one losing claim after another to stop Poseidon’s plants is ethical?

Read the environmentalists’ lament here

Here’s a longer, more objective piece from Voice of San Diego

A Battle of Opinions

The “do nothing” bunch that would have the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta continue its slide towards oblivion so they can keep enjoying their … uh … quaint lifestyle were probably thrilled when the National Research Council decreed the draft (as in, you know, “draft”) Bay Delta Conservation Plan is fragmented, incomplete and hard to understand. “Thrilled” does not exactly capture the response to the report from folks who actually want to fix the Delta and protect California’s water supply. In our humble opinion, that’s about par for the course for what comes out of the National Research Council.

Read a report on the report at the Sacramento Bee

Here’s the SoCal Water Committee’s response

The California Resources Agency responds here

Tax Wars

SB 34, the bill that would force local water agencies collect a water tax that Sacramento would promptly invested in losing investments and spend inefficiently on pork barrel projects that assuredly will deliver very little new water, is progressing through the Legislature. You were expecting something else? Granted, the vote at the Senate Government Finance Committee yesterday was a 5-4 squeaker, but it was enough to keep this monstrosity alive. Fortunately, it needs a two-thirds vote to clear the Legislature. Tax-loving Jerry Brown would almost certainly sign it, should it pass.

Read ACWA’s report on yesterday’s vote and the bill here

Here’s a news story on the bill with some good “anti” quotes

And here’s the first of what we hope will be many negative editorials

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