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Economics of Water

Ed Cebron, Economist, Cascade Water Alliance

BIO:  Edward Cebron is an Economist with the Cascade Water Alliance, a regional water utility serving 350,000 people in the Puget Sound area.  With Cascade, he is responsible for financial and rate forecasting, demand forecasting and business analysis.  Prior to that, he was co-founder and Vice President of FCS Group, Inc., a financial and management consulting firm serving municipal utilities throughout the western United States.  He is also an elected Commissioner for Woodinville Water District, a AAA-rated water and sewer utility serving 50,000 people.  Ed has over 30 years of experience in the municipal utility field, focusing on forecasting, rates and charges, fiscal policies, business analysis and capital funding strategies.  He has a B.S. in Engineering Science from Harvard and a M.S. in Infrastructure Planning and Management from Stanford University.

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A clearing house on water and economics research developed by the University of California San Diego:

Eco-Economy Indicators: Twelve global trends (including water systems) that the Earth Policy Institute tracks to measure progress in building a sustainable economy. is an International nonprofit organization that has positively transformed more than three million lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, pioneering innovative, sustainable solutions to the global water crisis for 25 years, giving women hope, children health and communities a future. Water is the way to break the cycle of poverty, to achieve global equality, to make a bright future possible for all. 

Puget Sound Encyclopedia landing page for Ecosystem Services in Puget Sound. Ecosystem services are the “outputs “of ecosystems that benefit humans, and are generated by the structure and function of natural systems, often in combination with human activities. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a global effort to catalog and assess ecosystem status and functions, offers a useful classification scheme.

Ground breaking assessment of the economic value of Puget Sound ecosystem services, a study by Earth Economics: Sound and Watersheds/Puget Sound Russell/Valuing the Puget Sound Basin v1.0.pdf

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