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May 12, 1993 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Florida water official was appointed Tuesday as general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, one of the most influential water posts in the nation. In selecting John R. Wodraska, the MWD board of directors broke tradition by reaching outside the ranks of the California water industry. It is also the first time in the giant agency's 65-year history that its general manager will have no previous MWD experience.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1997
Re "An Unheeded Water Wake-up," editorial, April 14: We agree that California must move quickly and decisively to reduce its overuse of Colorado River water. No other agency in the seven Colorado River Basin states has made such enormous strides in conservation as has the Metropolitan Water District. Our agency has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on conservation projects in the Imperial and Palo Verde irrigation districts, from which we received the water saved. However, other basin states will not be convinced of California's commitment to reducing its usage of river water until our state's four agricultural districts are limited in the amount of water they take from the Colorado.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1997
Re "An Unheeded Water Wake-up," editorial, April 14: We agree that California must move quickly and decisively to reduce its overuse of Colorado River water. No other agency in the seven Colorado River Basin states has made such enormous strides in conservation as has the Metropolitan Water District. Our agency has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on conservation projects in the Imperial and Palo Verde irrigation districts, from which we received the water saved. However, other basin states will not be convinced of California's commitment to reducing its usage of river water until our state's four agricultural districts are limited in the amount of water they take from the Colorado.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1997
The Metropolitan Water District welcomes Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's challenge for California to live within its Colorado River supply allotment ("Water Dole Is About to Dry Up," editorial, Dec. 25). At its heart, we believe what Babbitt proposes is a sensible balance between near-term access to inexpensive surplus supplies and a long-term commitment to reduce California's total use of Colorado River water. Meeting this long-term challenge will require significant change in the agricultural areas that use the bulk of California's allotted Colorado River water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1995
Regarding your July 27 editorial counseling caution on congressional action to scrap the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, "Let the Water Wars Cool Off": A recent delegation to Washington to testify on the CVP amendments proposed in HR 1906 was composed of nine of California's largest urban water agencies--north and south. Members of this coalition supply water to two-thirds of the state's population and to businesses and industries that generate three-fourths of the state's economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1997
The Metropolitan Water District welcomes Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's challenge for California to live within its Colorado River supply allotment ("Water Dole Is About to Dry Up," editorial, Dec. 25). At its heart, we believe what Babbitt proposes is a sensible balance between near-term access to inexpensive surplus supplies and a long-term commitment to reduce California's total use of Colorado River water. Meeting this long-term challenge will require significant change in the agricultural areas that use the bulk of California's allotted Colorado River water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1994
The Metropolitan Water District board has approved spending $800,000 for an experimental seawater desalination project at a Southern California Edison power plant here. "It's just a small facility, enough to fill four hot tubs," MWD spokesman Rob Hallwachs said Friday. The 2,000-gallon mini-plant, which was designed and built by the district's facility in La Verne, will be taken to Huntington Beach and should be running by the end of October, Hallwachs said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1993 | JILL LEOVY
Water is still the key to the region's economy, no less now than in the days when the Colorado aqueduct first transformed the arid Los Angeles basin, said John R. Wodraska, the new general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Wodraska, who joined the agency in July, told a small gathering of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. on Monday that with his new job comes an awesome responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1998
Phillip J. Pace, president of Pace Land & Development in Montebello, Tuesday was elected chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, one of the largest regional water agencies in the nation. Pace, 63, will succeed John V. Foley to become the 14th chairman in the MWD's 70-year history. The position is unpaid. Foley has served two consecutive two-year terms as chairman. Pace, a member of the MWD board since 1995, begins his term Jan. 1.
OPINION
July 17, 1994
Congratulations for your comprehensive account of the historic first transfer of Central Valley Project water to urban Southern California ("Tapping Into the Heartland," July 3). Whenever treading uncharted courses, it's only natural that those who are involved express concerns. It should be noted, however, that the Metropolitan Water District is not excluding local irrigation districts in the San Joaquin Valley in arranging voluntary water transfers. In fact, discussions now are under way with the Central California Irrigation District about incorporating the Areias dairy farm transaction into a district-to-district water transfer, and with other water agencies in the San Joaquin Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1995
Regarding your July 27 editorial counseling caution on congressional action to scrap the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, "Let the Water Wars Cool Off": A recent delegation to Washington to testify on the CVP amendments proposed in HR 1906 was composed of nine of California's largest urban water agencies--north and south. Members of this coalition supply water to two-thirds of the state's population and to businesses and industries that generate three-fourths of the state's economy.
NEWS
May 12, 1993 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Florida water official was appointed Tuesday as general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, one of the most influential water posts in the nation. In selecting John R. Wodraska, the MWD board of directors broke tradition by reaching outside the ranks of the California water industry. It is also the first time in the giant agency's 65-year history that its general manager will have no previous MWD experience.
FOOD
September 28, 1995
It's interesting that Charles Perry called upon self-proclaimed "water master" Arthur von Wiesenberger to characterize the taste and quality of Southern California's drinking water ("California Wet," Sept. 14). Recently, von Wiesenberger trained the judges for the fifth annual "Toast to the Tap," the world's largest water-tasting event. Up against more than 60 waters from the United States and Europe, Beverly Hills water, which is supplied entirely by the Metropolitan Water District, placed sixth on the basis of aroma, appearance and flavor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1997
So once again, another inept member of the Clinton administration basks in the glory of concocting a dramatic solution for which there is no problem ("Imperial Valley Told to Cut Its Water Use," Dec. 19), thereby reminding us of its uncompromising commitment to style over substance. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt selected a non-winner of Colorado River water. The real losers will be, as usual, the taxpayers: the people who live in California and Arizona who rightfully expect public officials like Babbitt to worry a lot more about the supply of water and a bit less about the control of its consumption.
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