Water Necessity

The Press-Enterprise

California cannot afford to postpone fixes to the central hub of the state’s water system. Striking the right balance between environmental preservation of a huge estuary and the need for reliable water exports will require difficult compromises. And that process needs to move forward, regardless of the frustrations of a politically powerful participant.

The mammoth Westlands Water District last week said it was pulling out of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a sweeping effort to restore the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while protecting water exports to the rest of the state. Westlands, which covers 600,000 acres of farmland in western Fresno and Kings counties, is a significant player in the plan. The large water agency has provided much of the $140 million in funding for the four-year-old process.

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