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


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 and demographic analyses to sustainably manage California’s water resources

  • 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 areas

  • 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 and demographic analysis criteria and procedure and train DWR personnel in basic economic and demographic concepts and methods

  • Develop economic and demographic models and tools

More Information

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