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Regional News: Newsom seeks peace with Trump in California water wars. Enviros are ready to fight

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 The Environmental Protection Agency has blamed the homeless crisis in California for failing to stop water pollution. Photograph: /Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

By Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler and Sophia Bollag | Sacramento Bee

Two months ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom seemed poised to file yet another suit against President Donald Trump — this time, over a federal plan to pump more water to Trump’s farming allies in the San Joaquin Valley.

Instead, Newsom announced a compromise this week that aims to avoid another protracted legal battle. The Democratic governor outlined a sweeping, $5.2 billion water-sharing agreement that Newsom’s team hopes will put an end California’s never-ending tension’s between shipping river water to farms and cities and protecting critically endangered fish species.

A year into his administration, Newsom is grappling with forces nearly every California governor has struggled to control: powerful water interests in Southern California, wealthy farmers in the Valley, entrenched environmentalists and, this time, a combative Republican administration in Washington.


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