Today DWR released a Benefit-Cost Analysis for California WaterFix by Dr. David Sunding, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Berkeley, that finds WaterFix could bring billions of dollars in benefits to Californians who obtain their water from participating State Water Project contractors.
California WaterFix is an upgrade to the 50-year-old water infrastructure that will make it easier to move water in an environmentally friendly manner. The current system is outdated and unreliable, and dependent on levees that put our clean water supply at risk from earthquakes and sea level rise.
WaterFix will provide reliable, clean and secure water to almost 27 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland. Alongside California EcoRestore, the largest restoration project in the Delta in decades, WaterFix will improve environmental conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It will reduce the harmful impacts of the existing infrastructure by moving the system away from endangered fish habitats and reinstate more natural river flows in the Delta.
For more information and resources about WaterFix, visit californiawaterfix.com.
For more information and resources about EcoRestore, visit resources.ca.gov/ecorestore.
California WaterFix Updates
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for California WaterFix.
The Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) has been formed as a Joint Powers Authority by the participating public water agencies. It will be charged with final design and construction of WaterFix facilities, under the oversight of DWR.
Final permitting for WaterFix is on the horizon and implementation is imminent. To embark on this important next step, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) will adjust its organizational structure to ensure an efficient and effective construction program that protects the State's interests by managing risk and controlling costs.