Back in 1991, when MWD realized that expanding water supplies is nearly impossible in modern California politics, they switched from a strategy of cooperation with agriculture to a new strategy of market-based competition for limited supplies.
Today, the MWD still has an Imported Water Committee that talks about market purchases. However, this talk appears to be in name only. After watching a recent video, I do not get the impression that they are going out and talking to farmers who want to sell water. Nor do I see any lobbying for the state to cut the red tape around water transfers. They are just talking about conservation, like all the other committees.
Is MWD just a conservation agency at this point? How do local water districts bid on and advocate for market purchases in 2022? Is this done through MWD, or some other organization that takes on MWD's former role in supply expansion?