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In Case You Missed It: Dr. Jeff Michael: “New WaterFix Economic Analysis Is Even Worse” Than Originally Though

ICYMI: 9/28/18 Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053, [email protected] In Case You Missed It: Dr. Jeff Michael: “New WaterFix Economic Analysis Is Even Worse” Than Originally Thought In his ValleyEcon Blog, Dr. Jeff Michael, Executive Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, explains that that the sea-level rise benefit touted in the recent economic analysis for California WaterFix by the California Department of Water Resources is based on inaccurate assumptions that contradict DWR’s work in other arenas. He writes “I am receiving feedback that the sea-level rise analysis that the Department of Water Resources’ touts as ‘innovative’ assumes WaterFix is operated in ways that harm fish would violate state and federal [...]

Dr. Jeff Michael & Restore the Delta Weigh in on Delta Tunnels Benefit-Cost Analysis

Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources released a benefit-cost analysis on the Delta tunnels project, or CA WaterFix, conducted by Dr. David Sunding of the Brattle Group. In response to this study, Executive Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, Dr. Jeffery Michael published a blog post of his initial reaction to Dr. Sunding’s work. Dr. Michael focuses on four errors within Dr. Sunding’s analysis: 1. “It assumes a massive new subsidy for agricultural users cost share from urban water users. The agricultural subsidy is contained within a “wheeling rate” that it assumes that Metropolitan Water District (MWD) would charge the Central Valley Project (CVP) for using the tunnels’ conveyance capacity. 2. [...]

Delta Stewardship Council Members Recuse Themselves from Tunnels Appeals Proceedings due to Potential Conflicts of Interest

Bethany Pane, Chief Counsel for the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) sent an email on September 19 to DSC subscribers that three council members have recused themselves from the Delta tunnels appeals proceedings due to potential conflicts of interest. Specifically, Ms. Pane noted that council member Susan Tatayon’s spouse “works for a firm that has submitted a bid to work on a portion of the WaterFix project,” while council member Maria Mehranian has worked “for a firm that has submitted a bid to work on a portion of the CA WaterFix project.” Ms. Pane concludes the email explaining that council member Ken Weinberg also recused from the Delta tunnels appeals proceedings due to his “consulting work for local water supply projects [...]

Congressman Garamendi Asserts Delta Tunnels LOI is Dishonest in Letter to EPA

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA 3rd District) recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler describing the “misrepresentations” present in the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority (DCFA) Letter of Interest (LOI) for the Delta Tunnels project, formally known as the California WaterFix. The Congressman’s letter asserts that the WaterFix LOI overestimates the amount of jobs the tunnels project would create, does not address the lack of federal participation in the project, and misrepresents the status of essential permits and environmental reviews for the project. Congressman Garamendi concludes his letter noting that the Delta tunnels project has already “bilked” the public, as evidenced by state and federal audits published last fall. Osha Meserve, counsel for local farming and environmental [...]

ICYMI: Highlights from RTD’s EJ Report Press Conference

In Case You Missed It: Highlights from RTD’S EJ Report Press Conference  Read our press release here. Tunnel foes shift focus to Delta’s most disadvantaged communities – Stockton Record “It is the role of government agencies to consider environmental justice concerns as they affect all groups of people, including communities of color and low-income residents that comprise a significant number of residents in Stockton and throughout the Delta region. Many of those communities are impoverished, according to the report. “’This report addresses a number of things that San Joaquin County has been fighting for and we stand behind the principles that seek protection of the Delta and the people that we serve,’ Miller said. ‘The story of San Joaquin County [...]

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