Study Underscores Impact of Court Imposed Water Pumping Restrictions
“The study documents immediate and very severe economic impacts to an already reeling state economy and highlights the longer-term water supply implications resulting from a reduced ability to replenish our reservoirs, groundwater storage facilities and other critical reserves, said
Commissioned by Bay Area,
“The export restrictions imposed in a effort to conserve the Delta smelt clearly add significant new risks to California’s water supply system, said Dr.
Specific water supply and economic impacts include, but are not limited to the following:
- Pumping restrictions, such as those resulting from the Wanger Interim Order, significantly reduce the reliability of water deliveries from both the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP).
- For both the SWP and CVP, supply reductions are greatest in years with near average water supplies greatly impacting water storage and groundwater replenishment efforts.
-SWP impacts average 414 thousand acre-feet (TAF)/yr or roughly the amount of water needed to serve over 3 million residents.
-Impacts would be as high as 700 TAF/yr in “above average” years.
-CVP impacts average 170 TAF/yr but exceed 263 TAF/yr in “above average” years.
Statewide economic impacts average over
$500 millionannually with most of that impact in the San JoaquinValley and Southern California. Economic impacts will be much greater in drought conditions.
- Annual economic losses could soar in excess of
$3 billionshould the state enter a prolonged dry period, such as the one experienced from 1987-1992.
“The economic and water supply impacts of court imposed water supply restrictions are very sobering,” said
Environmental and sportfishing groups last week filed suit to force the complete and total shutdown of delta water pumping operations.
The study was prepared by Berkeley Economic Consulting, under the direction of Dr.
Questions about the study can be directed to Dr. Sunding directly at 415-299-2653. All other inquiries should be directed to Mr. Boccadoro at the numbers listed below.
For more information or a copy of the full report, visit http://www.sustainabledelta.com/
The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta is an ad hoc group of water users who depend on conveyance through the delta for a large portion of their water supplies. The Coalition is dedicated to protecting the delta and is committed to promoting a strategy to ensure its sustainability.
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