ITEM:

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

4.

AUTHORIZE EXPENDITURE OF BUDGETED FUNDS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT COMPONENT OF THE SEASIDE BASIN GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN

 

Meeting Date:

December 13, 2004

Budgeted:

Yes

 

From:

David A. Berger,

General Manager

Program/

Line Item No.:

2.6 Hydrologic Monitoring

2-6-2 E. 1

 

Prepared By:

 

Darby Fuerst

Joe Oliver

Cost Estimate:

$18,700

General Counsel Approval:N/A

Committee Recommendation: The Administrative Committee reviewed this item at its December 6, 2004 meeting and recommended approval on a vote of 3 to 0.

CEQA Compliance:N/A

 

SUMMARY:The Board will consider approval of a proposal by Rauch Communication Consultants (Rauch) to provide technical assistance in developing the public involvement component of the Seaside Basin Groundwater Management Plan (GMP) in Fiscal Year 2005. As proposed, Rauch would develop a draft public involvement plan for inclusion into the Districtís Seaside Basin GMP, which is scheduled for completion in March 2006 (Exhibit 4-A).In developing the plan, Rauch will conduct a series of one-on-one interviews with key stakeholders and facilitate Advisory Committee meetings.The proposed cost to prepare the draft Public Involvement Plan and facilitate Advisory Committee meetings in FY 2005 is $18,700.Rauch is familiar with the District and its operations through previous work on the Districtís public outreach program and strategic planning, and was recommended for this work by the Association of California Water Agenciesí (ACWA) Groundwater Subcommittee chair. Exhibit 4-A includes additional information regarding Rauch and the firmís experience in working with water districts.

 

RECOMMENDATION:Staff recommends that the Board authorize the General Manager to approve the Rauch proposal for assistance in developing the public involvement component of the Seaside Basin GMP in FY 2005 for an amount not-to-exceed $18,700.

 

BACKGROUND:At its March 15, 2004 meeting, the Board adopted Resolution 2004-04 declaring the Districtís intent to prepare a GMP for the Seaside Groundwater Basin and invited public participation.On October 7, 2004, the initial meeting of the GMP Advisory Committee was held and the required and recommended components of a GMP were reviewed.Rauch was retained to facilitate this initial meeting under a limited contract.As part of the contract, Rauch completed the Districtís standard Conflict of Interest and Disclosure form. For the period from September 21, 2002 through September 21, 2004, Rauch reported that they had provided facilitation services to a joint committee of the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) and Marina Coast Water District regarding an extension of a recycled water pipeline, management consulting with MRWPCA, and strategic planning for the Pebble Beach Community Services District (PBCSD).If this item is approved, staff will develop a new contract that will include a renewed obligation for Rauch to update its Conflict of Interest and Disclosure form.

 

As noted at the meeting, the Districtís intent is to prepare a GMP that includes all of the required components that are specified in the California Groundwater Management Act (AB 3030) and subsequent amendments (SB 1938).Accordingly, to comply with AB 3030 guidelines, the District is required to prepare a plan to involve other agencies that enables the District to work cooperatively with other public entities whose service area or boundary overlies the Seaside Basin.Examples of public entities include Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Monterey, Monterey County, Fort Ord Reuse Authority, Marina Coast Water District, California American Water, and the United States Bureau of Land Management.As noted in the proposal, completion of the Seaside GMP will better position the District to qualify for the substantial pool of state funding available for groundwater projects, e.g., Propositions 13 and 50.

 

IMPACT ON STAFF/RESOURCES:The proposed cost for developing the public involvement component of the Seaside Basin GMP in FY 2005 is $18,700.This cost is within the amount ($50,000) budgeted for technical assistance for the Seaside Basin Groundwater Management Plan in the Districtís FY 2005 budget, Program Number 2-6-2 E. 1 (page 46).

 

EXHIBITS

4-A††††† November 22, 2004 Proposal for Seaside Basin Public Involvement Plan Proposal

 

 

 

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