The Brattle Group assists clients in both the public and private sectors to manage the economic and regulatory challenges associated with water resource litigation, water quality, and the development of water resource policy. We provide analyses on the econometric estimation of water demand, groundwater storage and management, rate setting, cost of capital, and the economic impact of environmental regulation on water utilities.
Our experts are knowledgeable in the areas of water conservation, resource planning, water supply reliability, interstate water disputes, agricultural water use, and water-energy connections. We have been studying the energy/water nexus with particular attention to the role of renewable energy facilities and water efficiency.
Brattle led a data collection and modeling effort to forecast the diverse set of local water demands that exist in different parts of California. The work represented an important information source for understanding the spatial and temporal patterns of water demand which can be used to identify water supply needs. The findings of the study were also used to estimate the responsiveness of demand to changes in water rates, which can be used to understand the impacts of projected rate schedules and to infer the value of water to users.
For a state government agency, Brattle was engaged to estimate the value of clean water to residents of a Midwestern community. A survey was fielded to residents of the community to estimate their valuation of a cleaner resource. This analysis is part of on-going litigation between the state and an alleged polluter.
On behalf of a state attorney general, Brattle designed a survey to estimate the economic value of a large river basin and estuary as well as the frequency of recreational use. This analysis was conducted in connection with a water rights dispute between two states.
Brattle leads the economic analysis of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which considers the benefits and costs of reconfiguring the way California exports water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. To complete the analysis, four categories of benefits are evaluated including: urban water supply reliability, agricultural water supply reliability, water quality impacts, and reductions in seismic risks. These benefits are weighed against project costs.
May 4, 2016
Earl L. Hagström, Christopher Lyles, Mala Pattanayek, Bridgette DeShields, and Mark P. Berkman
Published in the Volume 28, Issue 2, of the Environmental Claims Journal
April 22, 2016
Prepared for the CTIA Wireless Foundation
Published in Water Policy
Valuing Urban Water Shortages
Published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Infrastructure Needs, Water Regulation, Financing Options and Areas of Improvements: Issues as Basis for Discussion
December 5, 2014
Presented to the First Workshop on Water Regulation in Europe, Rome, Italy
Potential Economic Impacts of Environmental Flows Following a Potential Listing of Endangered Texas Freshwater Mussels
April 7, 2014
David L. Sunding, Brad Wolaver, Cassandra Cook , Stephen F. Hamilton, Bridget Scanlon , Michael Young , Xianli Xu, and Robert Reedy
Published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association
The Impact of Water Price Uncertainty on the Adoption of Precision Irrigation Systems
April 1, 2014
David L. Sunding and Karina Schoengold
Published in Agricultural Economics