Monday, June 09, 2008

Public Private Partnerships & Water Supply

Today’s Bee has an excellent profile of an advisor to our governor who understands the importance of involving the private sector in public works, particularly the sadly underfunded work of keep the states’ infrastructure up and running and able to keep pace with population and business growth.

Dan Walters presents an incisive picture of the gridlock surrounding the development of new water supply over the past four decades and it is a sad story of public leadership failure that few can find rhyme or reason for.

We explored the issue in relation to the failure to develop one part of that needed water supply—Auburn Dam—in our 2006 research report and discovered a strong connection with the religious element core to the environmental movement, which is addressed in pages 19-31 of the report.