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Vision

Develop and maintain in-house expertise and staff levels to provide high quality, timely, cost-effective responses to meet DWR program managers’ needs.

Mission

Using principles and practices consistent with the Department's Strategic Business Plan, the Economic Analysis Section (EAS) provides technical assistance and policy guidance for economic, demographic, and mathematical analysis to improve the management of California’s natural resources

Responsibilities
  • Analyze the local, regional, and statewide economic costs and benefits of proposed water management programs and projects and determine their socioeconomic impacts
  • Determine the economic values of ecosystem services
  • Use GIS and other methods to allocate current and forecasted demographic data, including population, housing, and personal income to geographic subareas
  • Forecast economically based urban and agricultural water demands
  • Evaluate the regional and statewide direct and indirect economic impacts of water shortages
  • Estimate the value of changes to urban and agricultural water supply reliability
  • Help develop grant and loan application procedures and application packages, and help evaluate the returned application packages
  • Provide technical assistance to DWR, the Natural Resources Agency, and other State, federal, and local agencies, and serve as expert witnesses for those agencies
  • Advise management concerning Department policy on economic analysis criteria and methods and train DWR personnel in basic economic concepts and methods
  • Develop economic, agricultural, mathematical, and demographic models

To learn more about services provided by the DWR Economics Staff, contact Emmanuel Asinas, Economics Analysis Section Chief, at (916) 653-8166.