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Setting the Record Straight on Sunding Quotes

June 20, 2014

Opponents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) grossly misquoted BDCP consultant Dr. David Sunding. At the recent Continuing Legal Education Water Law Conference held in San Diego, Dr. Sunding said that water agencies will not know their specific costs until the financing plan and cost allocations are determined. After that, he said, agencies can fully assess the business case for BDCP.

Dr. Sunding’s presentation can be viewed online and is based on information presented in Chapter 9, of the BDCP. The facts and information in this presentation show that the project passes a cost-benefit test. Additional information on the cost of the project compared to alternative supply projects has recently been released and can be found online.

The BDCP seeks to protect the reliability of California’s two largest water projects that tap a major sources of supply – the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains - by improving how water moves through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. As one part of the state’s overall water plan, the BDCP’s proposed water delivery improvements seek to stabilize Delta water supplies, respond to climate change, and protect against natural disasters.


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