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Brown Administration Releases Deceptive Economic Impact Report of Delta Export Scheme
Dan Bacher
A controversial new economic analysis of Governor Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels purports to show a "net benefit" to California residents of $4.8 billion to $5.4 billion statewide. “This report compares California’s economic outcomes under the BDCP to the conditions we can expect without BDCP,” gushed California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird. “The result is clear: Achieving the water supply reliability goal of the BDCP is crucial to California’s economic future. But what cannot be quantified in an economic analysis like this is equally important. By safeguarding and enhancing the fish and wildlife of the largest estuary on the West Coast, we act in the interest of all Californians to come.” Carolee Krieger, the executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), disagrees strongly with Laird. She said the report falls far short of a Brown administration promise to provide a full, objective and transparent cost/benefit analysis of the BDCP. “This isn’t a complete analysis,” said Carolee Krieger, the executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). “This is a whitewash." "It glosses over the profound fiscal burden this boondoggle will impose on urban ratepayers south of the Delta, while exaggerating the benefits. And it isn’t fooling anyone. Even the primary beneficiaries of the Twin Tunnels – the corporate farmers of the western San Joaquin Valley and the big urban water districts of the South State – are getting cold feet about this project. Dr. Sunding’s report is a Hail Mary pass," she stated. Photo: Governor Jerry Brown is fast-tracking the construction of the peripheral tunnels, a $54.1 billion government boondoggle that will lead to the extinction of Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species.

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