The Complicated World of Water in Southern California

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Adán Ortega works in the field of water management. He is a former Vice President of External Affairs for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and before that he worked as the Assistant General Manager at the West and Central Basin Municipal Water Districts.

He says that water in Southern California comes from as far away as Mount Shasta and Lake Oroville, yet the political battle for water is largely fought between Southern California and cities around the Delta such as Sacramento. If Southern California were to build an aqueduct bypassing the Delta (a project that is currently being proposed) there would be little incentive for Southern California to invest in the infrastructure of the Delta levies, something that leaves Delta residents worried.