07 May '11, 12am

Can a Water Plan Work Without an Environmental Goal?

We don’t go anywhere. Going somewhere is for squares. We just go. – Marlon Brando, “The Wild One” The National Research Council sent a baker’s dozen of scientists and engineers out to California last year to weigh in on one of the nation’s most complicated political and scientific conundrums: how to please all of the parties with claims on the waters of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, while ensuring the preservation or restoration of critical species and their habitats. The warring forces — farmers who need irrigation water on one side, environmentalists and fishermen seeking water to maintain endangered fish populations on the other — have tried to reach agreement or, in current parlance, to achieve “co-equal” goals, under the auspices of state-created umbrella known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The process has been fractious, and the results fragmented, the...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/06/can-a-water-pla...

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