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VIDEO: Water Rates Expected to Go Up in Southern California

The San Diego County Water Authority files its fourth lawsuit against LA-based Metropolitan Water District.

VIDEO: Lawsuit Filed Over Water Rates

The San Diego Water Authority files another lawsuit over water rates charged by Metropolitan Water District.

San Diego County Water Authority files lawsuit against Metropolitan Water District

The San Diego County Water Authority announced Wednesday they would be filing another lawsuit over rates charged by the Metropolitan Water District, a Los Angeles-based water wholesaler.

According to the Water Authority’s complain in Los Angeles Superior Court, they said the rate structure approved by the MWD board for 2017 and 2018 used the same methodology as costs from 2011-14, which were previously ruled illegal by a Superior Court judge.

San Diego County Water Authority Files Lawsuit Against MWD

The San Diego County Water Authority on Wednesday announced the filing of another lawsuit over rates charged by the Metropolitan Water District, a Los Angeles-based water wholesaler.

In its complaint filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles, the water authority contends that the rate structure approved Tuesday by the MWD board for 2017 and 2018 used the same methodology as costs from 2011-14 that were previously ruled illegal by a Superior Court judge.

House panel passes $37.4 billion energy, water funding bill

A panel of the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a $37.4 billion bill to fund the Department of Energy and federal water programs for fiscal 2017.

At a short meeting, lawmakers on the panel spoke briefly about the legislation, but reserved any amendment proposals for the committee consideration or for the House floor.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) characterized the bill as a responsible proposal that prioritizes defense and nuclear weapons priorities and fossil fuel research and development while reining in President Obama’s clean energy agenda.

San Joaquin River is No. 2 on national ‘endangered’ list

The San Joaquin River and its three main tributaries ranked second on a list of “endangered” streams released by a national group.

Water demand from farms and cities has sapped the San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers, says the annual report from American Rivers, based in Washington, D.C.

“Dams, levees and excessive water diversions have hurt river habitat and opportunities for recreation and community access,” says the report released Tuesday. “The river’s salmon and steelhead populations are on the brink of extinction.”

OPINION: Commentary: Surface water, groundwater storage work together

With that simple, four-word sentence, a new academic study emphasizes the important links between surface water and groundwater storage in the West, and the need for the two forms of storage to complement each other in tackling chronic water shortages.

The study was published last month in the journal Environmental Research Letters and was led by geologists from the University of Texas, with participation from U.S. Geological Survey researchers from California and Arizona. It looked specifically at how to enhance drought resilience in those two states.

Carlsbad to buy more desalinated water

Carlsbad, home to one of the largest desalination plants in the world, will buy a bigger share of filtered seawater produced at the plant than other cities in San Diego County under an agreement approved this week.

The Carlsbad City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sign a 30-year contract with the County Water Authority to purchase an additional 2,500 acre-feet of water annually from the $1 billion desalination plant, which was completed last year and began production in December.

Countries with water shortage problems can learn from Israel’s conservation policies, speaker says

In 1952, the newly formed country of Israel faced a number of critical issues: The country had no money and was accepting new immigrants at a rate that was doubling its size.

The government — with main priorities of security, immigration and water — made the unlikely decision to spend what would end up being billions of dollars building a water system that would transport treated sewage to agriculture and other uses. The program took 30 years to complete.

OPINION: Obsolete California water system lets farmers grow hay in drought

El Niño has brought much-needed rain back to California, but this doesn’t mean we should stop talking about water policy as the state can quickly veer back into drier conditions. Dealing with the problem that lies at the heart of the water crisis now will help ensure the state is able to prosper through the toughest times, because the state has plenty of water — it just uses it in very wasteful ways.