July 4, 2004 |
For the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, obtaining water rights to a small spring in the San Gorgonio Pass presented a terrific opportunity. Bottling the pristine waters from the old SP Spring that once filled the boilers of Southern Pacific steam locomotives would create jobs and diversify the tribe's gambling-dependent economy.
January 14, 2001 |
Each time Kevin Loder found a potential site for his lake in the desert, he'd call up his friend Laszlo Bayer and they'd drive out to have a look. One time they visited an old vineyard, another time a date farm, then a tract of cholla cacti. Loder would stop the car and ask his friend: "What do you think? Do you see it?" Bayer had to be blunt. He knew young Loder had a wife and three kids, and his insistence on chasing this lake dream had put the family through hard times. "No," he'd admit.
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."
April 6, 1999 |
As water cascades from sprinklers onto a field of red potatoes, farm manager Bartt Ries explains Imperial Valley's irrigation policy. "We flood, we furrow, we drip, we sprinkle," said Ries, who manages the fields for Vessey & Co. of El Centro, which has 6,000 acres under cultivation. "We do anything we need to. Water is the only advantage we have here." But what Ries sees as an advantage, some see as an outrage.
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.