Santa Barbara water warrior Carolee Krieger sued a Ventura County water agency responsible for supplying water to the Newhall Ranch development, charging it lacks the reliable supply needed for the development to go forward. Krieger asserted that the water district is promising “paper water” for the development, which has approvals to build 22,000 new homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Water district officials strongly dispute Krieger’s claims. Krieger – who unsuccessfully opposed importing State Water to Santa Barbara 15 years ago – has since started California Water Impact Network, which was involved in recent litigation that limited the amount of water that can be pumped out of the San Francisco Bay delta and the San Joaquin River to Southern California cities.

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