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.
December 18, 1998 |
It was a day of good news and bad news for California as Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Thursday assessed his attempts to end California's seemingly endless water wars in a speech to 1,000-plus water officials from seven states that depend on the Colorado River for survival.
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.