August 5, 1999 |
Setting aside years of acrimony and accusations, negotiators for Southern California's warring water agencies reached an agreement early Wednesday designed to ensure that the state will have enough water to meet soaring future needs. "We have reached closure on all core issues," said David Hayes, acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. "We're very excited."
March 27, 1999 |
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt has decided to resume attempts to mediate a bitter dispute between the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and two agricultural irrigation districts, water officials said Friday. The conflict is seen by many as a threat to the state's water future.
February 16, 1999 |
The governing board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California took time last week to search for the appropriate term to describe the ruckus it has kicked up recently in the water world. "It's fairly obvious to me that we're in battle--full battle," said Jorge G. Castro, who represents the Central Basin Municipal Water District. "I wouldn't characterize it as starting a war," said Bill Luddy, who represents Los Angeles.
September 30, 1998 |
John R. Wodraska, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California during five years of nearly continuous tumult in the water industry, announced Tuesday that he is leaving to take a job with a new international water company. Wodraska, 50, will become managing director of North American operations at Azurix, a water projects subsidiary of Enron, a worldwide natural gas and electricity company based in Houston.
September 12, 1998 |
Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt threatened Friday an unprecedented direct federal intervention in Southern California's water wars if the various combatants can't agree on their own. Obviously irked, Babbitt in a telephone interview described California water planning as being "in disarray." He said there would be "a very bleak future for California and the Colorado River" without some regional consensus. Babbitt's office has been trying to mediate discussions in Washington, D.C.
September 6, 1998 |
As California water disputes go, the 64-year grudge the Coachella Valley holds against the Imperial Valley does not rate among the more celebrated. There have been no armed insurrections, no aqueducts blown up, no Hollywood movies, no big city politicians or newspapers locked in combat, and no Supreme Court cases (at least not yet). The outside world has given little notice to the aqua-centered enmity involving neighboring valleys in this hot, sandy, forbidding portion of the California desert.