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.”

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”

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

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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Agencies, organizations and legislators react to the release of Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents

With the long-awaited release of the public review draft documents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, reactions poured in from organizations and legislators around the state. Included in this post: A joint statement from American Rivers, The Bay Institute, Defenders of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Nature Conservancy;Californians for for a Fair Water Policy; California Farm Water […]

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Opponents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan hold media call, vow to fight on

Yesterday, the Californians for a Fair Water Policy, new coalition that includes Restore the Delta, Food and Water Watch, C-WIN, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and others, held a media call to talk about the release of the Bay Delta Conservation plan documents.  “Today the public learns about what Governor Brown is proposing to do to solve our water challenge,” said […]

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This just in … Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents now available online

From the California Natural Resources Agency: “The state of California and its federal partners have announced the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review. This is a significant milestone in the effort to restore ecosystem health and secure reliable water supplies for California. The release is a key step toward completion of a final plan and […]

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents to be available on Monday

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents will be released to the public on Monday.  The public comment period will still begin on Friday, so it’s a head start on the tens of thousands of pages coming your way.  Be sure to check in mid-morning on Monday for links to the plan documents, press releases, highlights documents, and other goodies. For […]

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SDCWA BDCP Workshop: ESA regulations, the environmental review process, and “Baselines 101”

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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SDCWA Workshop: The BDCP Implementation Process

The San Diego County Water Authority has been holding workshops to inform its board members on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.  At the October 24th meeting of the Imported Water Committee, Government Relations Manager Glenn Farrel discussed the timing and schedule for implementing the BDCP, as well as possible impediments to its timely implementation. Glenn Farrel began by saying that […]

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Delta Stewardship Council meeting, part 1: Preparing for the BDCP review, the California Water Action Plan, and implementing the Delta Plan

The Delta Stewardship Council held a two-day meeting in November 21-22, 2013. On the agenda for this meeting was the upcoming review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) documents, a follow-up on the habitat restoration report released earlier this year, an update on the progress being made on the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, a briefing on the California […]

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