23 Mar 2012

San Diego vs MWD

Some of you may have noticed this ad on sidebar of my blog:
The Truth about MWD

The San Diego County Water Authority says that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is run by a secret society (read more).
I agreed to post this ad for a few reasons:
  1. I wrote my PhD dissertation (Conflict and Cooperation within an Organization: A Case Study of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California) about the conflict between SDCWA and MWD, so this is just the most recent development in a cold war that's lasted for nearly 60 years and a hot war that's lasted for 20 years. You can download it for free.
  2. I tend to believe San Diego's claim that other MWD member agencies have "conspired" to charge SD more -- and thus lower their own costs. These points were central to my dissertation.
  3. The solution to these fights -- described in Chapter 7 of my dissertation -- is obvious, but MWD's management (that's you Jeff!) and Board of Directors (that's you Mr. Foley!) have continued with business as usual, which has done nothing to promote sustainable water use in SoCal or efficiently distribute water among MWD's 26 member agencies.
To read more about the "secret society," check out SDCWA's website, its press release, or these stories [one two three four] in the SD papers. The response from MWD [PDF] reminds me of Putin's empty rhetoric.

Bottom Line: MWD will continue to under-perform on political, economic and environmental measures while it pretends to have abundant water for all its member agencies. MWD needs to change its water management institutions before change is forced upon it.

H/Ts to MD and RM


TS said...

Gutty post on the MWD/SDCWA issue. You have put the issue all in one place. It will be interesting to see how your blog affects this issue. Many people will be watching.

To be able to do this from Europe is interesting.

Anonymous said...

What I find interesting in this latest kerfuffle is that MWD apologists are attacking SD’s motives, and not really addressing the fact that there does seem to have been a pay-to-play series of meetings by proxy of a majority of MWD member agencies designed to thwart SD.


SD may have made a bad bargain with IID for water and MWD for wheeling.  Time will tell.  That doesn’t change the facts that there was a group that called itself the “secret society” that its efforts were to develop and implement strategies that would prevent SD from getting a fair hearing on issues before the full board, and that those who wanted the benefits of the “secret society” had to pay.


It also doesn’t change the fact that MWD has been raising its rates, will continue to raise its rates, and if BDCP results in new conveyance around or beneath the Delta, will have real big rate increases in the future, with little likelihood of any significant increases in Delta exports.  Which means MWD will be paying a LOT of money to secure existing Delta supplies, in an era when all member agencies are investing heavily to reduce, if not eliminate, demand for MWD water.

Anonymous said...

Up here in Ventura County MWD has made it known to their wholesaling company, Calleguas, that they want all agencies and even private owners of wells to document their extraction of groundwater to build an "informational database" for MWD. This is seen as an attempt by MWD to control every drop of water here in S. California. This is because by MWD raising rates over the past 10 years they have opened up lots of alternative solutions on treating groundwater and reclaimed water that would let customers get off their system.

There is a movement here in Ventura County to set up a similar site like San Diego's and get this information out.

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