Big water deals creating anxiety in California

Outlet: Ventura County Star

November 14, 2011

“In California, whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.”— Often attributed to Mark Twain, circa 1870.Regardless of whether America’s greatest author and wit of the 19th century actually made that pithy comment, and some Mark Twain scholars question whether he did, the remark is at least as true today as it was when Twain allegedly said it. Just look what’s happening now between San Diego County and one of its two leading water suppliers, El Centro’s Imperial Irrigation District. Then check out the confusion and possible deception surrounding the perpetually troubled delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. These are two of the state’s prime water sources, and their futures are both in considerable doubt, with legal and political wrangling over them rampant…

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