ITEM:

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

2.

CONSIDER EXTENSION OF UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT FOR WATER YEAR 2007

 

Meeting Date:

July 17, 2004

Budgeted:

Yes

 

From:

David A. Berger,

Program/

2-5-1 A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

Prepared By:

Greg James

Cost Estimate:

$9,800

 

General Counsel Approval:The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on July 6, 2006 and recommended approval.

Committee Recommendation: N/A

CEQA Compliance:N/A

 

SUMMARY:The United States Geological Survey (USGS) operates two streamflow gaging stations on the Carmel River:

 

(1)††††††† Carmel River at Robles del Rio (No. 11143200) and

(2)††††††† Carmel River near Carmel (No. 11143250).

 

The upper or "Robles" gage is immediately downstream of Esquiline Bridge (River Mile 14.4) and the lower or "Carmel" gage is immediately downstream of Via Mallorca Bridge (River Mile 3.6). The District relies on the flow data from both of these stations to support a variety of programs and studies.Under the USGS cooperative program, the District funds 50 percent of the total cost for operating the Carmel station and the USGS funds the remaining 50 percent of the cost.The District does not fund the Robles del Rio station.

 

RECOMMENDATION:Authorize the General Manager to execute the agreement with the USGS providing cooperative investigation of the water resources within the District for Water Year (WY) 2007 for an amount not-to-exceed $9,800.The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on July 6, 2006 and recommended this agreement be approved by a vote of 2 to 0.

 

BACKGROUND:††††† The District has funded a cooperative water resources program with the USGS to monitor Carmel River streamflow, since the late 1980sí.Other than the District, the USGS is the only other independent agency that monitors continuous Carmel River streamflow.The Carmel station provides a long-term streamflow record that begins in 1962, and without the Districtís partial funding, there is no guarantee that the USGS would continue full funding of the station maintenance. The USGS streamflow data provides a good cross check for the Districtís streamflow data when verifying the daily, annual and peak flows that occur on the Carmel River.As a cooperator with the USGS, the District has an improved ability to request and obtain various streamflow information including (but not limited to) annual reports, current flow conditions, and historical flood flow information.

IMPACT TO STAFF/RESOURCES:The District's share for continuation of streamflow monitoring for WY 2007 (October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007) is $9,800, as indicated on Exhibit 2-A, which represents a 4.94% increase over the WY 2006 cost.

 

EXHIBITS

2-A††††† USGS Joint Funding Agreement for Water Year 2007

 

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