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California Drought News: Lobbying for water, wishing for wine



The chart shows the annual lobbying expenditures by Westlands Water District from 1998-2013. LInk: http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000058573&year=2013
The chart shows the annual lobbying expenditures by Westlands Water District from 1998-2013. LInk: http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000058573&year=2013
OpenSecrets.org

Chronicling the dastardly exploits of the fiendish parchnemesis, it's California Drought News!

In today's episode: politics, fish and fruit.

Politics

The bill also extends for 40 years all existing federal water service contracts – including the one for Westlands. Lawrence says that takes away any flexibility to make water decisions for a generation. He notes that once you've delivered a "signed, sealed contract, let alone been directed to do it by the Congress," you've taken away any chance at reviewing how future water should be allocated. (SCPR)

Withering fruit

Bottom line: Consumers will still be able to find their favorite wines for about the same prices — at least this year. “Vineyards can go through several years of drought,” Horiuchi said. “But usually the third and fourth year, yield will be the issue.” (Al Jazeera America)

Ok, "parchnemesis" has been canceled. Tune in next week to see what new drought synonym replaces it.