California Water Commission Staff Undervalues Public Benefits of New Storage
Feb. 05, 2018
Maxwell, CA - The California Water Commission today announced initial public benefit scores to the 11 project applicants for Proposition 1 funding. Surprisingly, none of the projects were judged to have greater public benefits than the requested investment amount, and many were judged to have no public benefits. The Sites Reservoir Project, being developed by the Sites Project Authority, received initial public benefit credit for wildlife refuge improvements, flood control, and recreation. But, the Water Commission staff requested more information before recommending a public benefit score for the project's significant environmental benefits for salmon and delta smelt. ...