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Numbers Matter

Dec 04, 2018

Water budgets: Numbers matter:  Chris Shutes writes, “A recent series of articles and blog posts by Jeff Mount and others from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) proposes a system of “water budgets” for the environment as part of a new system for managing water and rivers in California. … A November 18, 2018 guest article by Mount and Ellen Hanak in the “CALmatters” newsletter leaves the realm of the conceptual and intervenes in ongoing regulatory process and public debate.  It both seeks to apply the water budget concept to the public discussion about the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Board) ongoing of the Bay-Delta Plan and opines that “voluntary accords offer the best hope for turning things around in the Delta’s troubled freshwater ecosystems.”  Exhibit A in the demonstration of why academics and policy analysts do poorly when intervening in regulatory process is the following sentence from the November 18 article: “Parties should avoid getting hung up on the specific amount of water initially set aside for ecosystems.”  Oh dear. … ” Read it here:  Water budgets: Numbers matter

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