Updated State Study Determines BDCP Would Create More Than 136,000 New Jobs
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2013
The California Natural Resources Agency released an updated study today, conducted by UC Berkeley Professor David Sunding of the Brattle Group, that outlines the anticipated local and statewide jobs created by constructing and operating a 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) twin-tunnel system within the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The study finds the BDCP, which seeks to secure a reliable water supply and restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) habitat, will be a major job creator for the state of California and the Delta region. The updated study found that the BDCP would likely create more than 136,000 jobs, through construction and operation of a new conveyance facility and the associated habitat restoration program. Of note, the study determined a net gain of 15,000 jobs in the Delta region over the life of the project due to the habitat restoration program. Having a secure water supply for the 25 million Californians and millions of acres of farmland that rely on water from the Delta is important to California’s economy, this reliability coupled with an additional 136,000 jobs, illustrates the necessity of the BDCP. You can read the full study here.
Sacramento, CA – “As the state and federal governments get closer to making final decisions about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, it’s important for us to acknowledge the numerous benefits of the project, including job creation. The construction, operations and maintenance of the project will be great job generators for the state, and it is encouraging to see that the habitat restoration program of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will likely create a net gain in jobs for the Delta region. As the Delta evolves, so can the local economy. The bottom line is that we need to make an investment that will secure the state’s water supply and restore Delta habitat. At the same time, this important effort will generate more than 136,000 new jobs and specifically boost the local economy in the Delta region.”
The State Water Contractors is a statewide, non-profit association of 27 public agencies from Northern, Central and Southern California that purchase water under contract from the California State Water Project. Collectively the State Water Contractors deliver water to more than 25 million residents throughout the state and more than 750,000 acres of agricultural lands. For more information on the State Water Contractors, please visit www.swc.org.