Cost-Benefit Analysis San Diego Region Bacteria TMDLs

  December 7, 2017

Pathogens can threaten the health of those who recreate along the coastline and creeks of San Diego and Orange Counties. With partner ECONorthwest, Environmental Incentives conducted a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) to evaluate various scenarios to limit the bacteria entering the region’s coastal ecosystems, set forth by the 2010 Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load. The CBA quantifies total benefits and cost-effectiveness of each scenario, helping to inform decision makers as they consider changes to TMDL implementation that could lead to greater benefits at a lower overall cost.

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Climate Change is Happening, Conservation is Not – At Least Not at the Rate and Scale Needed

  October 17, 2017     Jeremy Sokulsky


Our need to mitigate and adapt to climate change adds to the existing stress on California’s water and land resources. As tax payers continue to approve billions of dollars for conservation, we have the responsibility to innovate how bonds and general funds are used, maximizing their impact to achieve multiple goals. Moving beyond policies that… Read more »

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Performance-Driven Stormwater Notches a “Win” in Lake Tahoe

  September 20, 2017     Evan Branosky


First-year results of the Lake Clarity Crediting Program demonstrate real progress toward reducing pollutants from entering Lake Tahoe. Combined, stormwater managers have exceeded their target of reducing fine sediment in runoff by 10 percent. We know because the Lake Clarity Crediting Program tracks and reports water quality results, with a consistent framework linking actions on-the-ground with… Read more »

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Lake Tahoe Crediting Program Exceeds Targets

  August 22, 2017

Local governments and highway departments are exceeding their targets for reducing polluted runoff to Lake Tahoe. The Lake Tahoe TMDL Program 2017 Performance Report finds that collective actions have reduced fine sediment loads from entering the lake by 12 percent since 2004, exceeding the first five-year reduction target of 10 percent. These results can be attributed… Read more »

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