by Dan Bacher: indybay – excerpt
“Many of these design changes may appear great on paper, but in reality, they will not save the Delta as long as Metropolitan Water District of Southern California maintains their ‘right’ to increase the magnitude of Delta water they take during dry periods,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta (RTD).
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) yesterday posted online a new document that details the environmental impact of proposed design changes purporting to minimize impacts felt by Delta communities and the ecosystem if Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project is built…
The agency will send a notification out when the public Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS is available for formal public review and comment as required by CEQA and NEPA… (more)
How to sell a bad water project? Pass a restrictive water bill.
Water Rationing Laws Exemplify the Malthusian Mentality of California’s Legislators
By Ed Ring : capoliticalreview – excerpt
As reported in the Sacramento Bee and elsewhere, on May 31st Gov. Jerry Brown “signed a pair of bills Thursday to set permanent overall targets for indoor and outdoor water consumption.”
After pressure from the Association of California Water Agencies and others, the final form of these bills, Assembly Bill 1668 by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, and Senate Bill 606 from state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, offers water districts more flexibility in enforcing the new restrictions. But the focus of AB 1668, limiting indoor water use to 50 gallons per resident per day, is a step too far. Way too far… (more)
Looks like a solution in search of a problem. By writing laws requiring expensive new plumbing the state is adding to the exorbitant costs of housing lawmakers claim they are trying to tame. No wonder the public trusts in government is plummeting. They are drowning us in the swamp they claim to be drowning and hoping we won’t notice.