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Estimated Costs to Retire Drainage Impaired Lands in the San Luis Unit

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ECONorthwest's estimate of the costs of retiring drainage impaired agricultural lands in California's Central Valley.

Published:

Jul 13, 2015

Written by:

Austin Rempel
Ed MacMullan

Client:

Food and Water Watch, California Water Impact Network, Citizens Against Taxpayer Funding of the BDCP

Our analysis focuses on the costs of buying out retired and impaired acres at fair market value. The proposed settlement between San Luis Unit water agencies and the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding drainage services for these lands does not include retiring impaired acres. Our report gives the settlement parties and the public information on the cost of land retirement as a permanent solution to the problems caused by irrigated agriculture on drainage-impaired lands.

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