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1 T H E M E T R O P O L I TA N W AT E R D I S T R I C T O F SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Securing California s Water Future John Arena, Business Outreach Program Manager Presented to SAME Orange County Post February 27, 2014

2 Metropolitan Water District Regional water wholesaler 26 Member Agencies 6 counties Serving approximately 19 million residents 5,200 square mile service area $1 trillion economy

3 Metropolitan s Service Area Diverse Water Supplies State Water Project Conservation, Local Groundwater and Recycling Bay-Delta Los Angeles Aqueduct Southern California Water Portfolio 25% Colorado River 30% State Water Project (through the Delta) 45% Local Supplies Los Angeles Aqueduct Conservation Groundwater Recycling Colorado River Aqueduct Desalination

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5 Key Delta Risks Fishery Declines Delta smelt Seismic Risk Bay Area Faults Sea Level Rise Subsidence 5

6 State Water Project: Essential Baseline Southern California depends on a reliable baseline supply of water flowing through the Delta for: Recycled water Groundwater replenishment and recovery Blending/stretching other supplies Water quality and salinity management Conservation Conservation Garden Recycled Water Groundwater Recharge

7 Bay-Delta Conservation Plan Sac River CONVEYANCE REDUCING Sac River ECOSYSTEM ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION Three 56 species intakes/pumping plants STRESSORS State-of-the-art ~1505,000 fish screens Toxic pollutants acres Forebay temporarily stores water Invasive pumped species from river Predator control Two gravity flow tunnels (30 Illegal miles poaching long; 9,000 cfs) Hatchery practices Sacramento o North Diversion Stockto n Stockton SWP Pumps CVP Pumps South Diversion Preliminary Subject to 7

8 Bay Delta Conservation Plan Improvements Capital O&M (Total 50 Years) Funding Source Conveyance $14.57 billion $1.5 billion Water Contractors Eco-Restoration & Other Stressors $5.28 billion $3.4 billion Fed/State/Water Contractors/Other TOTAL Capital/O&M $19.85 billion $4.9 billion TOTAL BDCP $24.75 billion Users pay for new conveyance facility & mitigation Beneficiaries pay for habitat conservation & statewide benefits $5-6/month per household for Southern Californians Metropolitan s share is approximately 25 percent Estimated costs from BDCP Pubic Draft Chapter 8 (Dec 2013) in undiscounted 2012 dollars. 8

9 Water Investment Projects Project Cost Population Served Per capita cost SFPUC s Hetch Hetchy Project $4,600,000,000 2,600,000 $1,769 SWP Coastal Aqueduct and CCWA Project $575,000, ,000 $1,337 CCWD Los Vaqueros Project $570,000, ,000 $1,036 BDCP Conveyance Tunnels (BDCP Admin Draft May 2012) 14,500,000,000 25,000,000 $580 SDCWA Emergency Storage Project $1,500,000,000 2,800,000 $536 EBMUD Freeport Project $517,000,000 1,300,000 $398 BDCP Economic Benefits and Financial Strategies, SCWC/The PFM Group, February 2012

10 Statewide Economic Report Costs/Benefits of BDCP $5 billion in overall net benefits 177,000 construction and habitat restoration jobs created $84 billion in statewide business activity over 50-year life Avoidance of water shortages that could cost over 1 million jobs 10

11 BDCP Project Schedule Draft BDCP and EIR/EIS December 2013 Final BDCP and ROD 2014 Habitat Restoration Tunnel Construction

12 2014 Water Bond Groundwater Protection and Water Quality $1.0 B Conservation and Watershed Protection $ B $ Billion Recycling and Conservation $1.25 B Drought Relief $0.455 B Water Supply Reliability $1.4 B $2.25 B Statewide Water System Operational Improvement $3.0 B 12

13 T H E M E T R O P O L I TA N W AT E R D I S T R I C T O F SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA What can you do? Be informed. Know the facts. Get involved. Our future depends on it.

14 What can YOU do? Host a briefing / Request a speaker Nathan Purkiss: (Metropolitan Water District) Distribute informational materials Publish newsletter article Post BDCP video on social media / website Submit letters to the editor, op-eds For more information: mwdh2o.com/delta

15 Risks of Doing Nothing Impacts Pumping restrictions (supply reduced 30%) Ecosystem decline Decreased reliability Increased cost Stranded investments Major Levee Failure Up to three-year disruption of water deliveries $40 billion estimated impact to California s economy Source: DWR Delta Risk Management Study 2007 and 2009

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