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LAT on SoCal Water Drama

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The Los Angeles Times follows up on this morning's AP story regarding a judge's recent decision—ok, deep breath—that may void a 2003 agreement that set up firm dates for Southern California to begin ending its water dependence on the Colorado River. That agreement dictated that California pay for restoration of the Salton Sea in the Imperial Valley—the Salton Sea work, along with water transfers, are attempts to get California off the Colorado River. The judge's ruling, handed down Thursday, said the Salton Sea action amounted to the state being forced to sign a blank check, which violated the constitution. The judge's decision is only tentative—more arguments will be heard December 17. [LAT]