Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla of the local activist group Restore the Delta said Bernhardt was one of the key figures who worked behind the scenes to promote a false narrative of “fish versus farmers” when it came to how the state’s water supply is divvied up. … [Read more...] about Trump nominates former lobbyist for powerful California water district to Cabinet post
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A month ago, under pressure from Interior, the State Water Project coughed up an average of 100,000 acre-feet of water a year to the feds’ Central Valley Project. In exchange, the farmers who rely on the CVP agreed to relinquish water to fish through a complicated and tentative plan brokered by former Gov. Jerry Brown. … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s California water plan send more to Republican farmers and short Democrat cities?
PHOENIX -- A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people. Most of the seven states that get water from the Colorado River have signed off on plans to keep the waterway from crashing amid a prolonged drought, climate change and increased demands. But California and Arizona have not, missing deadlines from the federal government. Arizona has some work to do but nothing major holding it back. California, however, has two powerful water agencies fighting over how to get the drought contingency plan approved before U.S. officials possibly impose their own rules for water going to California, Arizona and Nevada. The Metropolitan Water District is positioning itself to shoulder nearly all of California's water contribution, with its board voting unanimously Tuesday to essentially write out of the drought plan another agency that gets more … [Read more...] about Southern California water agencies at odds over Colorado River drought plan
Critics of the project say the massive underground tunnels would do more harm to the Delta, not less. In addition, they said a recent proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board could undermine the viability of the tunnels. That proposal calls for more water to flow naturally through the Delta — and out to the ocean — leaving less for pumping to the south state. … [Read more...] about Southern California water agency backs Delta tunnels again
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