Despite their "save urban households" rhetoric, the gents hoist their own petards when they note that 83 percent of the pumped water will go to agriculture. I left this comment:
I like food, but I am not persuaded that we should turn on the pumps to pump more water to ag or build more dams. Ag WILL have to reduce water demand BECAUSE of growing demand from enviro and urban uses.Speaking of dumb laws, the State Assembly has passed AB2275, a law that requires that bottled water companies report how much water they are withdrawing. AB2275 is a waste of time and sop to the anti-bottled water zealots. I'd wager that total bottled water withdrawals are less than 0.2% of total water diversions in the state (ag/urban/industrial). Let's pay attention to bigger issues, e.g., adjudicating groundwater, facilitating water markets, building a peripheral canal, etc.
Recognize this and then get to work letting farmers, enviros and cities reconcile their demand through markets -- not dams and lawsuits.
BTW -- CA law allows for seizure of water for human health, etc. The CDAA is NOT about cities -- it's about farmers. Admit it.
Bottom Line: I hope that these guys get some campaign contributions from constituents, since these laws do nothing for the people of California.