As for the Westlands deal, your characterization is a bit sensationalized. The MWD deal would be unprecedented and the result of Westlands' failure last year, despite their reputed political power, to get enough water for its customers. Expecting the same this year, Westlands farmers left vast acreage fallow, only to get water allotments in June and later, when it did them no good at all.
Faced with having a surprising excess of water and no way to use it, they reached out to MWD, which is having a hard time supplying its customers' needs due to Delta litigation, Colorado River shortages, etc. What would you have them do with it? Let it run out to sea when the dams are opened to drop water levels in preparation for the winter rainy season?
All this water is California's water, not my water or your water. (I'm a Southern Californian, in case you're wondering.) We have a state-wide responsibility to manage it reasonably for the use of all Californians.
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Sep 22, 2016
vol XXVII issue 38
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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