Water in California: Stuck in the Delta | The Economist

Posted by maggie 1771 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.economist.com

CALIFORNIA’S notoriously partisan lawmakers ended their legislative session in the early morning of September 12th with a frantic but largely futile effort to pass a raft of bills. Among the many bills that failed was a package of five that addressed perhaps California’s oldest and most intractable problem: water.

California is in the third year of a drought that exacerbates its constant struggle to expand its economy and population in a climate that is naturally dry. About 75% of the state’s rain falls in the northern part, but about 80% of the agricultural and urban demand for water is in the south. As a result, California has over the past century built a mighty infrastructure for moving water. That infrastructure, however, is now creaking and must be fixed.

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