Environment: Quenching California's Thirst

California has everything—usually in the wrong place. While the north has a water surplus, for example, most of the state's 20 million people live in the parched south. Since these people are loath to move to the north's watersheds, the state's indefatigable engineers have devised a Faustian scheme to move the watersheds south. Ecologists, and a good many other Californians, are appalled.

For ten years engineers have toiled at the $3 billion California Water Plan (see map) and ignored critics who consider the project environmentally bankrupt. Last month the builders got a major boost when California voters approved an interest increase on...

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