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Metropolitan Water District, Restore the Delta, and the State Water Contractors react to release of BDCP financing report

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There really wasn’t much of a reaction to the report on BDCP funding that was released on Friday. (You can read the press release here, and the media call transcript here.) Here’s are the statements I have received, listed by organization name in alphabetical order.  I’ll continue to add any other statements from agencies or organizations to this post as […]

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BDCP vs. local water supply alternatives: Dr. David Sunding reviews the alternative supply analysis for Metropolitan’s Bay-Delta committee

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At the July 22nd Metropolitan Water District meeting of the Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Dr. David Sunding of the Brattle Group gave a presentation detailing how much it would cost to implement local water supply projects rather than the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).  He began by saying that today’s presentation would be a complement to some of the […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Evaluating the economics of the BDCP: Dr. Thornberg reviews all the economic analyses for Metropolitan and says “From my perspective, this is a no-brainer.”

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At the joint meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee and the Special Committee on the Bay-Delta held on December 9, Dr. Chris Thornberg, economist and founding partner of Beacon Economics, gave his opinion on the competing economic analyses of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan that have been produced by Dr. David Sunding, Dr. Jeff Michael, and […]

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Guest commentary: Steven Kasower – “BDCP 11 Financial Red Flags Report”

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From Steven Kasower, Strategic Economic Applications Company: “Federal and State water contractors are being asked by the Brown administration to pay an additional $500 million for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to continue work on the environmental processes, design and permitting.1 For those contractors needing to borrow funds there would be additional costs for the interest payments. This report was […]

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Wading through the economics of the BDCP: A recap of the reports, posts, fact sheets and more on the BDCP’s economic analyses

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Updated June 21 with latest documents released by the BDCP. There has been much posted and written about the economic analyses for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and if all of it is spinning your eyeballs, you’re not alone.  Here’s a recap of posts, fact sheets and other useful things related to the BDCP economic analysis that has been posted […]

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Maven’s Minutes: SDCWA BDCP Workshop: ESA regulations, the environmental review process, and “Baselines 101″

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The San Diego County Water Authority (Water Authority), a member agency of Metropolitan Water District, is dependent on imported water both from the Delta and the Colorado River for up to 80% of its water supplies.  The Water Authority has been conducting workshops to inform its board members about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). At the October 24 board  […]

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Rebuttal: NRDC’s Kate Poole fires back at the State’s analysis of the portfolio approach, saying “The portfolio approach provides more water and a more reliable water supply at less cost than provided by the current BDCP”

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Kate Poole at the Natural Resources Defense Council fires back at the State’s analysis of the portfolio approach on the NRDC’s Switchboard blog, saying the State has built it’s rejection on ‘on misinformation and flawed analyses.’ She cites five points as to why the why the Agency’s refusal to consider the portfolio approach doesn’t hold water. The portfolio approach would […]

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Guest blogger: Another economist weighs in on the BDCP, pencils out the cost of water

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Filling in today for the vacationing Maven is a guest blogger.  So what do you do when you have two economists that disagree?  Add a third, of course! Today’s guest blogger is Rodney T. Smith, Phd, who blogs at the Hydrowonk blog and is president of Stratecon Inc, an economics and strategic planning consulting firm that specializes in the economics, finance, […]

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