11 Apr '11, 4am

ANOTHER EPISODE OF "THE REAL BUFFALOS OF CALIFORNIA WATER"

I recently stayed up far too late watching the Real Housewives of some city or another. It was like watching a slow-motion train wreck. While there were many opportunities to avert disaster, the players seemed to choose the wrong path every time – histrionics do, after all, make for far higher ratings than sensible problem-solving. And then it hit me: it was just like California water politics, with way more sparkly stilettos and elaborate up-dos. California water politics certainly has its share of drama queens. You have the type who labels anyone who disagrees with them a Nazi or the most-reviled tyrant of the moment. You have those who love to repeat baseless rumors – 40,000 jobs lost to save six fish, anyone? – in a transparent effort to turn an angry mob on their hapless target. Others would rather see their neighbor’s well go dry before allowing regulators – who alwa...

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