The latest news from the state Department of Water Resources water news service on the Colorado River deal. What is unclear from the story is what changed the position of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to allow the parties to believe they have a deal. But, I doubt it is the fault of the AP reporter. Much of this story is probably still below the surface. What is clear from reports, oral and written, from around Northern California, is that Metropolitan is making small deals with many water agencies up here.
Four water agencies reach framework on Colorado River deal Associated Press - 9/3/03 By Seth Hettena, staff writer
SAN DIEGO - Four Southern California water agencies have tentatively agreed on a framework for a long-awaited pact to share the waters of the Colorado River, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.
A series of bills that would clear the way for the deal were being hurriedly drafted in Sacramento on Wednesday and House and Senate lawmakers planned to rush them through both chambers before the Legislature adjourns for the year next week.
"It looks like it's coming together," said Joe Canciamilla, a Pittsburg Democrat who chairs the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife.
Only a few weeks ago, Canciamilla announced his intention to draft legislation intended to punish the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the state's largest urban water agency, for holding up the water deal sought by the Bush administration and the six Western states that share the Colorado.Read More »