California’s decision to depart from federal regulations when managing its water supplies is causing strife across the water world.
The state recently got a new permit for water delivery operations from its wildlife agency. In the past, that kind of authority came from adhering to federal rules. Now, with a dispute between the state and federal government over water management and endangered species act protections, the state issued its own permit.
Critics of the state’s move say they plan to file lawsuits. Different detractors say the rules are too stringent, or too weak.