In my post yesterday (and on the radio!), I said that the new bill would have groundwater monitoring and penalties for excessive diversions. That was wrong. The bill that was passed has toothless versions of those regulations.
Instead of being pleased with this result, I am infuriated. What a crock of shit.
Bottom Line: California maintains its last place position with the worst water management in the country. (Yes, worse than Texas.) Pathetic.
Addendum: It gets worse. Here (via DW) are more details on the earmarks and PORK ("Projects of Regional Koncern," via JC) that included a $1 billion sop to LA that was awarded in exchange for gutting penalties on illegal diversions. More shit in the crock.