Project Description: The purpose of this study was to measure the economic impacts of increasing salinity in the Central Valley out to the year 2030. To conduct the analysis, the project team assumed that there would be no change in current salt management policies; as such, the findings from the analysis represented the economic impacts associated with taking no action. The study was conducted on an aggregate valley-wide basis that averaged salinity effects and costs. Based on estimates of increasing levels of salinity under existing conditions, the study estimated the direct economic effects on industry, residential, food processing, confined animal operations, and irrigated agricultural production in the Central Valley using different physical and economic models.
Project Status: This project was completed in 2009.