Economic Costs to the State Water Project of Environmental Protection and Mitigation Measures

by Randall Brown, California Dep of Water Resources, Sacramento, United States,
Raymond Hoagland, California Dep of Water Resources, Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The State Water Project stores water in the Sierra Nevada for subsequent diversion from the Bay and Delta for use by millions of Californians. Project construction and operation have caused adverse environmental impacts. Water Resources has initiated several programs including fish screens, a fish hatchery, mitigation for direct losses, and operational changes to eliminate, minimize, or offset adverse impacts. In addition, several monitoring programs are needed to evaluate changes in environmental resources and effectiveness of mitigation measures. Total annual costs of these activities are in the millions of dollars.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Construction costs | Environmental issues | Spillways | Water storage | Fish management | Water resources | Project management | Nevada | United States | California

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