Current CAMPAIGN: the california delta watershed assessment

Not enough is known about California’s single largest source of fresh water.


C-WIN is partnering with the economics consulting firm ECONorthwest to perform research, analysis and review of the economic and environmental impacts of proposed infrastructure projects and present the findings to the State Water Resources Control Board. ECONorthwest is best known for their successes in the Exxon Valdez and BP Gulf Oil Spill cases. The analysis they perform will guide determination of export water flow viability and legality.

It will be the first comprehensive valuation and analysis of the California Delta watershed. The assessment will show the impact of proposed projects on the 25+ million stakeholders – communities, ratepayers, fisheries, agriculture, commerce and environment – that rely on this critical water source.

Preliminary findings corroborated by two independent studies by Stanford University and UC Davis conclude that the State Water Resources Control Board has allocated 5.5 times the amount of water that exists in our rivers and streams. Proposed infrastructure projects will not produce new water, they divert it from the Sacramento River to the agricultural interests in the San Joaquin Valley. Reduced water flows caused by diversion will bring salt water upstream from San Francisco Bay into the Delta – destroying the smaller farming operations and wildlife that rely on fresh Delta water.

The Public Trust Doctrine requires policymakers to assess all impacts of any project using our natural resources.

C-WIN is raising $1.5 million to fund completion of the assessment.

With the assessment completed by ECONorthwest, California’s policymakers and communities will have what they need to build the equitable and sustainable policies mandated by the Public Trust Doctrine.