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News releases from the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
by Steve Mohasci
on July 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Irrigation Districts (Modesto and Turlock) only charge ag irrigation customers about 35 percent of actual annual operating costs. Retail electric customers subsidize the operating costs as well as the capital improvement costs.  
Has this issue ever been researched as the the effect on irrigation water use and method of delivery?  
I can provide financial data on how the irrigation district's retail electric customers have been subsidizing ag irrigation customers for over 50 years.
Reply by Pamela Kan-Rice
on July 20, 2014 at 11:12 PM
Doug Parker, director of UC's California Institute for Water Resources, says, "There have been a lot of economic studies on the impact of water subsidization on water use efficiency. Whether it's power generation or federal subsidies through the CVP, the results are the same.  
Work by David Zilberman at UC Berkeley looked at this years ago. There has also been similar work from Arizona, New Mexico and others."
by Daryle
on July 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Oh course, the state and federal government hoisted this problem on themselves and Californians by not preparing properly. Also, the water is there, if we would just quit sending it out to the ocean to protect a planted bait fish.
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