Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Fiscal analysis

Study: Delta tunnels plan will pay off for farmers, cities

Economic Analysis of Stage I of the California WaterFix: Costs and Benefits to Urban and Agricultural Participants. THE BRATTLE GROUP

CA WaterFix

Sacramento Bee

Even a single water tunnel burrowed under the Delta would be worth it for urban ratepayers and farmers who would pay to build and maintain the project, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Brown administration. The Department of Water Resources commissioned a cost-benefit analysis of the tunnel project, which concluded that the benefits outweigh the costs to ratepayers in every scenario analyzed under a one-tunnel approach.


MWD considers a bigger stake in tunnel project

Sacramento Bee & Maven's Notebook

In a dramatic twist on the Delta tunnels saga, Southern California’s powerful water agency is exploring the feasibility of owning the majority stake in the controversial project. Under the plan floated Monday by three board members, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California would pour an extra $6 billion or more into the tunnels plan beyond what it has already pledged.


Drought spreads across West, conservation slips

Water Deeply & Bay Area News Group

Concerning forecasts for runoff are just the start of the bad news for the West as California and other southwestern states face warm weather, below average precipitation and paltry snowpack. Meanwhile, California residents are dropping conservation habits that were developed during the last drought and steadily increasing their water use with each passing month.