- There are many financial, bureaucratic and informational questions casting doubt on the Delta project, now projected to cost $13 billion (for what benefit?)
- An excellent post at Circle of Blue:
As watergy flows decline and provision costs rise, utilities could – and in theory should – raise rates to balance out demand and supply. In practice, we voters ensure that they don’t. We only elect officials who keep rates – for residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural use – artificially low. It is hard to call them ‘cowards’ for declining to commit political suicide.
- On a related note "...water policy in California is contradictory and vexing. Current policies encourage overconsumption and are unlikely to lead to long-term conservation because they fail to address the underlying economics and distorted incentives in the water market." Read this for more (I had a hand in it but forgot to post it when it was originally published).
- The Economist on smart meters (and other sensors) for water- and other types of infrastructure.
- Uh oh returns... "IPCC’s broader concern about the rapid loss of Himalayan glacier ice was correct."