AWRA-WA October 2020 Virtual Lunch Meeting

  • 22 Oct 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Event


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The American Water Resources Association Washington Section presents:

AWRA-WA Virtual Lunch Meeting--

Cost-Effectiveness of Streamflow Restoration - How and Why to Analyze Cost-Effectiveness at the Project, Watershed, and State Scales

Speaker: Tess Gardner, Project/Technical Lead, AMP Insights

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL MEETING!!!  You will receive a link to participate via our webinar service when you register AND the day before the event.

Thank you to Green Economics for sponsoring the technology of this event!

Abstract: As instream flow restoration through paid transactions with irrigators has gained prevalence as a key conservation tool for redistributing water within the confines of prior appropriation, more attention is being paid to the cost-effectiveness of these transactions. Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of wet water – the amount of water that can reliably be expected instream – can provide a concrete and transferable metric for tracking, justifying, and comparing streamflow restoration projects and programs. The variables considered as part of an estimate of cost-effectiveness, however, have not been standardized, making it difficult to compare across projects of different types or those completed by different organizations or in different geographies. This presentation will provide an overview of a methodology for calculating cost-effectiveness at different scales and how standardized data tracking can aid efforts to analyze cost-effectiveness at broader scales using case studies from Oregon, California, and Nevada.

Our Speaker: Tess is a Technical Lead at AMP Insights, a consulting firm that works with clients to address water, economic, and natural resources management issues in unique, creative, and energizing ways. Tess’ work has focused on the socio-economic impacts of water markets, water quality, and natural resources management in the American West, Midwest, and Mexico to inform programs and systems that work to manage scarce resources in more effective ways. Tess holds a BS in Ecology from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management where she completed a thesis on motivating public-private collaboration to reduce fire severity in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. She lives in Oregon.


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