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Friday, 19 March 2010


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Hi, Emily and Dan.

Thanks for your comments.

Dan - this should give you some fodder for your research! Good luck!

Emily - thanks for your kind words, and you're welcome. Seems that the report is being well-received, perhaps because there is something for everyone.

I was going to be interviewed on KQED but time constraints (theirs, not mine) interfered.

I am anxious to get on to Phase II, since we have more latitude and it's a broader view. We'll meet again in Sacramento in mid-July.

I have no idea who the leaker is and have not heard anything from any of the other members or NRC staffers. I got an email last night telling me of the McClatchy story and asking me if I could post the report, but I declined because I had no authorization (only the summary had been leaked). The committee got the report via email yesterday morning and there's a FedExed paper copy at my office.

We also got an email forwarded to us today containing the Westlands statement on the report. Interestingly, it was dated 18 March.

I just received an email from a former student who's in law school. She is part of a team of law and grad students writing an amicus curiae brief on the smelt BiOp for Judge Wanger. She appreciated the timing of our report.

Later....Have to move on the another NAS committee writing assignment!

Emily Green

Michael, first: Thank you. It was reassuring to know that you were on the committee. Even with smart people assembled to review the federal biops, it's been hard to view the process with anything but weariness given the political origins of the process. Yet through the fatigue engendered by even thinking about water in California, it is clear that your voices are needed to spell out what a damn mess we are in.

For those who missed it, there was an interesting KPCC item yesterday debating whether CA reps Cardoza and Costa were withholding healthcare votes in a bid to wrest concessions on water. Presumably this would be over the proposed weakening of ESA protections enforcing the biops as suggested by Feinstein and supported by Costa, but opposed by a number of other CA House dems fighting to protect sketchy alliances behind a load of pending state water legislation.

I must confess relief at not being in a position where I am expected to file dailies on this stuff, because it's so convoluted and a real newspaper proprietor would not allow me to be freely sarcastic about politicians doubting that fish need water. But, given that the very real tussle for water in California can become impossible to explain, either in a newspaper or a blog, there is a clear value in all the hard work you and the committee did. It's a milestone.

Many congratulations and I look forward to reading the report with the luxury of time. Plus, please tell us who the panel suspects leaked the report to McClatchy. -EG


Great resource for thesis research, thanks!

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