Bay Delta Alternatives
Mike Wade
California Farm Water Coalition
March 28, 2013
CFWC Background
 Statewide organization formed in 1989 to provide fact-
based information on farm water issues to the pub...
Agriculture Needs Water to Thrive
 Farmers can’t control markets. They have to focus on
input costs, including reliable w...
NRDC “Portfolio” Approach
 485,000 af spread across 1 million acres, 150,000 af less than what we have
today
 Ag’s water...
San Luis Reservoir
 Won’t fill this year due to NRDC litigation on system
operation (biological opinions)
 “Portfolio” a...
Conclusion
 Can’t solve statewide water supply reliability by
excluding a significant stakeholder
 Is there sufficient s...
Questions
farmwater.org
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Bay Delta Alternatives - Mike Wade, California Farm Water Coalition - March 28, 2013

  1. 1. Bay Delta Alternatives Mike Wade California Farm Water Coalition March 28, 2013
  2. 2. CFWC Background  Statewide organization formed in 1989 to provide fact- based information on farm water issues to the public  501 c 3 public benefit organization  Members range from Redding to the Imperial Valley and include irrigation and water districts, individual farmers and farm-related businesses
  3. 3. Agriculture Needs Water to Thrive  Farmers can’t control markets. They have to focus on input costs, including reliable water costs.  USDA’s 2005 nutrition guidelines say we would need an additional 12.6 million acres of fruits and vegetables to meet the recommended dietary needs of the public.  It makes no sense to consider a plan that would take more land out of production.
  4. 4. NRDC “Portfolio” Approach  485,000 af spread across 1 million acres, 150,000 af less than what we have today  Ag’s water supply would shrink from today’s average of 35 percent allocation down to 25 percent. And that reduction would cost $4.5 billion. Who wants to pay for that?  No ability to pay for a project that will put farmers out of business  Puts entire single tunnel, “portfolio” approach in jeopardy  Without CVP ag support, SWP costs are $1.4 billion higher than BDCP Irrig. AC - NRDC Portfolio No Water Supply 485,000 af for ag contractors
  5. 5. San Luis Reservoir  Won’t fill this year due to NRDC litigation on system operation (biological opinions)  “Portfolio” approach adds uncertainty 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 Pre NRDC BiOp Litigation Post NRDC BiOp Litigation NRDC "Portfolio" How often will San Luis fill?
  6. 6. Conclusion  Can’t solve statewide water supply reliability by excluding a significant stakeholder  Is there sufficient support to pay for “portfolio” plan without CVP agriculture’s buy-in?  Failure to act leaves water users with the status quo
  7. 7. Questions farmwater.org
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