In Details Details, I discuss the nitty gritty of per capita water rates, i.e., counting people. [I recently learned that "liar inflation" is about 10%, i.e., households increase their population by an average of 10 percent.]
In Lame Responses, I say that NRDC and EDF are naive to think that the Delta can be saved by reducing exports. I assumed that they thought that in- and South-of-Delta communities mattered. Without those assumptions, they are right. I have come 'round to their opinion, but only after acknowledging that the political and economic costs are great.
BEST: Build Underwater Fast! I love this post -- the feds are going to reclassify some land as a flood plain, so the local gov't says "get your building permits before they do!" As if that's going to stop a flood? In The End of Growth, someone else agrees with me.
In Water in Israel, I delve into the "food security" movement, which I dislike. A semi-related post (Updated Numbers You Need to Know) is all about the four "low value" crops that use 40 percent of California's agricultural water.
In The Business of Water, I discuss why businesses low prices (and the risk of rationing) to reliability and higher prices. Holes in One or Two or Three discusses the economics of water at golf courses. Money from Water gets into the bigger topic of investing in water.
BEST: Flow, the Movie -- My negative review was too nice. One of the worst water films -- mostly because of its bias against capitalism and private property.
In Kern County Speculators and Corrupt Water (California Edition), we learn how clever people outsmart bureaucrats. Are the bureaucrats dumb? Not necessarily. When they waste money, they waste YOUR money. Groundwater Adjudication uncovers a below-the-radar (and surface) problem -- where is the water and who owns it?