By far the most important thing happening in California water policy.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive water diversion tunnels in the Delta has hogged the spotlight in the crowded theater of California water issues. But
contract negotiations going on backstage could prove just as significant.
The state and federal water agencies that control most of Northern California’s water are negotiating new contracts with their 279 farm and urban water buyers. These contracts will govern those relationships – and extend the government’s obligation to provide water – for decades.
How the new contracts are shaped will affect water rates for millions of Californians. It also will change how taxpayers at large continue to subsidize the many dams and canals that deliver water.