Efforts to pass a plan to ramp up California's water conveyance and storage systems fell apart in the final hours of this year's session.
While California water wars have been raging for decades, The Fresno Bee's E.J. Schutlz puts his finger on oneculprit that led to the deal's collapse.
Lawmakers immediately asked for a special session to continue to work toward a water agreement, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not said yet whether he will call one.
The national spotlight will continue to shine on the issue this Thursday, when Fox News host Sean Hannity returns to the Central Valley to tape an episode of his show, "Hannity."
The Latino Water Coalition's Paul Rodriguez and California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes are scheduled to join the conservative TV and radio host.
The show, which will focus on the drought and other issues affecting the Valley, will be taped at a fallowed tomato field in Fresno County, according to an e-mail sent out by Nunes' office. Hannity taped a segment from the Valley last month. See that clip here.