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Lawsuit Accuses Regulators of Loosening Sacramento Delta Water Rules

Three environmentalist groups filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that to increase water flowing to farms and cities, state and federal regulators in the drought have repeatedly relaxed water-quality standards on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the detriment of its wild fish species.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco claims the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to enforce the Clean Water Act.


City of Santa Barbara Sets Record Straight on Desalination Misinformation

The City of Santa Barbara released an update on a future possible agreement with the Montecito Water District for the sale of desalinated water.

In the press release, the City says: “In response to inaccurate information in today’s Santa Barbara News Press concerning the assertion of an agreement between the City of Santa Barbara and the Montecito Water District regarding the sale of desalinated water, the City would like to clarify that there has been no agreement reached on the sale of desalinated water to the Montecito Water District.”

Optimistic “Beyond Drought” Report From Water Authority

Despite an ongoing drought, the San Diego County Water Authority is boasting in its annual report — released April 21 and titled “Beyond Drought” — that the region’s water supply is stable and in excess of current demand, despite mandatory conservation measures remaining in place.

“While some areas of the state suffered serious water supply shortages after four years of drought, the Water Authority and its member agencies had enough water to meet demands,” reads a statement from the authority’s board of directors accompanying the report.