Meeting Date:

April 16, 2007








David A. Berger




General Manager

Line Item No.:



Prepared By:

Henrietta Stern

Cost Estimate:



General Counsel Approval:  N/A

Committee Recommendation: N/A

CEQA Compliance: N/A


This is a quarterly report on Monterey Peninsula Water Management District water supply augmentation projects for the January through March 2007 period.  The next quarterly report will be written in July 2007.  Limited background information is provided herein.  A detailed historical overview of previous action may be found in previous year’s reports.  Quarterly updates earlier in year 2006 were prepared for the January, April, July and October 2006 regular Board meetings.  This information can be found on the District website at: 

Updated weekly information is also available in the General Manager’s letter to the Board at: 


For the past several years, the MPWMD Board has identified water supply goals and objectives each Fall for the coming Water Year (October 1 through September 30).  The most recent goals and objectives were developed at the September 25, 2006 Strategic Planning Workshop, which was ratified by the Board at its October 16, 2006 meeting.  Three-year goals were set along with six-month objectives for the September 25, 2006 through March 15, 2007 period.  New objectives will be addressed at a workshop scheduled for April 19, 2007.  Current water supply goals and objectives are shown below.  Original due dates are in italics; some have changed as discussed below.


GOAL: Determine Long-Term Water Supply Solutions, Including a Quantity Target

Ø  Objective WS1- Present the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) proposed targets and alternatives to the Board for feedback (as appropriate).

Ø  Objective WS2- Actively participate in CPUC Coastal Water Project environmental review (November 1, 2006 and ongoing).

Ø  Objective WS3- Present to the Board for consideration a resolution to support proposed MRWPCA replenishment projects for the Seaside Basin (November 2006).

Ø  Objective WS4- Present to the Board a recommendation on establishment of an Ad Hoc Community Advisory Committee (November 2006).

Ø  Objective WS5- Initially consider a yield target to satisfy existing and future District water needs and submit to the jurisdictions for feedback by March 15, 2007 (December 2006).

Ø  Objective WS6- Refine the Matrix of Water Supply Alternatives, using the quantified supply target and adding the Seawater Conversion Vessels offshore desalination project for use by the Board to consider one or more preferred projects (March 15, 2007 if significant new information).


GOAL:  Build and Complete Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Phase 1 and Complete Phase 2 Planning

Ø  Objective ASR1- Secure SWRCB approval for Phase 1 ASR (December 1, 2006).

Ø  Objective ASR2- Complete ASR Phase 2 water rights negotiations (January 31, 2007).

Ø  Objective ASR3- Oversee completion of the second ASR well for the Phase 1 project (February 1, 2007).

Ø  Objective ASR4- Monitor and facilitate the necessary infrastructure improvements to the California American Water (CAW) system to ensure that they are in place to support Phase 1 (February 1, 2007).

Ø  Objective ASR5- Develop a project description and yield estimate for the Phase 2 project (March 15, 2007).


The following paragraphs describe action on the 11 water supply objectives identified above in the January 1 through March 31, 2007 period.  For clarity, background information is provided for certain objectives.




Objective WS1- Present the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Proposed Targets and Alternatives to the Board for Feedback

District staff have met with and assisted consultants retained by the CPUC since mid-2006 to help the CPUC better understand existing and future community needs, and how those needs may relate to various potential alternatives to the Coastal Water Project (CWP) proposed by California American Water (CAW).  To date, the CPUC has not proposed specific yield targets. However, CPUC staff working on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the CWP requested that CAW provide information on alternative desalination facilities in Marina that would not rely on the Moss Landing Power Plant seawater intake and outfall. In related news, beginning in January 2007, the CPUC Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) began monthly meetings with a variety of agencies and public interest groups to review alternatives to the CWP to serve as a regional water supply project (or combination of projects) for northern Monterey County.  The MPWMD Board at its January 25, 2007 meeting directed District staff to participate in this process.     The MPWMD General Manager advises the Board of CPUC action in his weekly letters and monthly reviews.


Objective WS2- Actively Participate in CPUC Coastal Water Project Environmental Review

Consultants retained by the CPUC are conducting an environmental review of the Coastal Water Project in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an EIR was issued on September 29, 2006. The primary components of the CWP are a 10 million-gallon-per-day (mgd) desalination project at Moss landing, a conveyance pipeline to the Peninsula (with associated structures), and ASR producing a minimum of 1,300 AFY. The NOP identified alternatives to include desalination site location, intake and discharge operations, desalinated water conveyance system, and project size. The District submitted comments on the NOP in November 2006 (see January 2007 report for details).  As noted above, District staff participate sin CPUC-led meetings and activities related to review of various alternatives to the CWP. 

Objective WS3- Present to the Board for Consideration a Resolution to Support Proposed MRWPCA Replenishment Projects for the Seaside Basin

At its November 20, 2006 meeting, the MPWMD Board adopted Resolution No 2006-05 expressing support for Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) projects to potentially replenish the Seaside Groundwater Basin using highly purified recycled water.  The resolution was presented to the MRWPCA Board at its meeting of November 27, 2006.  The resolution text may be viewed at:


Objective WS4- Present to the Board a Recommendation on Establishment of an Ad Hoc Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is envisioned as a means to expand public input on the decision-making process regarding proposed water supply projects.  Initial recommendations for the CAC structure and charge were first considered in October 2006, were revised, and subsequently approved by the Board at its December 11, 2006 meeting.  In brief, the 14-member ad hoc CAC is comprised of two representatives appointed by each Board member – one individual and one community group representative.  The CAC is reviewing the seven water supply projects in the MPWMD Comparative Matrix and provides comments on merits or drawbacks of each. Notably, the Board does not seek consensus on a preferred project.  The CAC will review projects from February through August 2007 and issue a report for consideration by the Board in September 2007.   Refer to: for more information on the CAC.


In February 2007, the CAC received a presentation by MPWMD staff on aquifer storage and recovery efforts.  The March meeting included presentations by (a) the Marina Coast Water District on its Regional Urban Water Augmentation Project, a combination of local desalination and use of purified recycled water; and (2) Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency on its Groundwater Replenishment Project, which entails direct or indirect use of highly purified recycled water.  The next CAC meeting is scheduled for April 23, 2007 with the topic of the MPWMD Sand City Desalination Project. 


Objective WS5- Initially Consider A Yield Target to Satisfy Existing and Future District Water Needs and Submit to the Jurisdictions for Feedback by March 15, 2007

At a March 23, 2006 special workshop, District staff concluded that 7,690 acre-feet per year (AFY) of replacement water would be needed at a minimum to meet existing water needs.  A maximum of 13,236 AFY could be needed, depending on the assumptions made.   This staff recommendation was refined and a recommended value of 12,500 AFY was presented to the Board for its consideration at the November 20, 2006 meeting.  MPWMD staff amendments were based on a computer analysis of weather factors since 1995, ramifications of the Seaside Basin adjudication Final Decision, previous determinations of CAW water rights by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), and possible needs of certain non-CAW water users in the Laguna Seca Subarea of the Seaside Basin.  Additional information is available on the District website at:


A special workshop was held on May 18, 2006 to address future water needs, based primarily on projections made by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), comprised of jurisdiction planning staff.  The TAC evaluated water needs associated with various types of uses anticipated at “build-out,” based on current General Plans.  The TAC estimated that 4,545 AFY above existing needs would be required, including a 20% “contingency” factor to cover unanticipated water needs or upgrades from current restrictions as well as “paying back” current retrofit credits allowed by MPWMD Rules & Regulations (“borrowed” against a future water allocation).  No changes to the May 2006 estimate were proposed in November 2006.


The staff recommendation of 12,500 AFY for existing needs and 4,545 AFY for future needs was accepted by the Board in November 2006 to submit to the jurisdictions for comment with requested written comment by March 15, 2007.  A special workshop of the jurisdictions’ TAC and Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) was held on January 9, 2007, where District staff reviewed the development of its assumptions in detail, with emphasis on existing needs.  The TAC at its January 23, 2007 meeting accepted the information on existing needs.  The jurisdictions have been formally considering the MPWMD recommendations, and have provided feedback in February and March 2007.  A summary of the jurisdiction comments is scheduled for receipt at the April 16, 2007 MPWMD Board meeting.   


Objective WS5- Refine the Matrix of Water Supply Alternatives, Using the Quantified Supply Target and Adding the Seawater Conversion Vessels Offshore Desalination Project for Use by the Board to Consider One or More Preferred Projects

Since Fall 2004, the District has prepared an annual Water Supply Augmentation Update that uses a detailed Comparative Matrix of Water Supply Alternatives spreadsheet to compare various projects for subjects such as cost and financing, implementation timeline, water yield, environmental review, and others.  The most recent matrix was received by the Board at its October 16, 2006 meeting.  The 2006 matrix featured three shore-based desalination projects and included preliminary information on the ship-based Seawater Conversion Vessels (SCV) technology.  In addition, the 2006 matrix included information on the MPWMD ASR Project and two projects featuring purified recycled water.  For background information on the 2004 and 2005 matrices, please refer to the District website at:  To review the October 2006 matrix, visit:  


As part of development of the October 2006 matrix, in February 2006 the District Board approved retaining a team of water supply engineering design experts led by Bookman-Edmonston/GEI Consultants to conduct an independent technical evaluation of three proposed desalination projects previously reviewed in the 2004 and 2005 matrices: (1) Coastal Water Project at Moss Landing proposed by CAW; (2) the Monterey Bay Regional Desalination Project at Moss Landing proposed by Pajaro/Sunny Mesa Community Services District; and (3) MPWMD desalination project proposed in the Sand City area.   This effort culminated in a report presented to the Board at its June 29, 2006 special workshop.  Copies of the full report are available at the District office, and presentation materials may be viewed at the District website at: 


At the June 2006 workshop, a number of questions and comments were posed by the Board and public.  At its July 17, 2006 meeting, the Board determined it would defer action on amending the B-E/GEI contract and preparing a final report until after the September 25, 2006 Board Strategic Planning Workshop.  A summary of comments by the Board, the public, and project proponents, including copies of written comments received was provided to the Board in a memorandum from the District Engineer dated September 12, 2006.  At its October 16, 2006 meeting, the Board determined that it wished to add review of the offshore SCV technology to the scope of work.  The Board approved a B-E/GEI contract amendment at its February 22, 2007 Board meeting to include formal responses to questions and more detailed information about the SCV technology.  A revised report is scheduled to be received in June 2007.  For more information about the B/E-GEI contract review in January 2007, please refer to the District website at:


In Fall 2006, the Board directed staff to update the Comparative Matrix each quarter if significant new information occurs in that quarter.  The 2006 matrix has not been amended to date.




The primary ASR water supply efforts at this time focus on ASR, including: (1) continue testing of the existing full-scale Santa Margarita Test Injection Well (see “Other Water Supply Activities” below); and (2) pursue the permanent Phase 1 ASR Project at the Santa Margarita test site planned to be operational in 2007.  The primary goal of the MPWMD Phase 1 project is better management of existing water resources to help reduce current impacts to the Carmel River, especially during the dry season.  The project is viewed as being complementary to other larger, long-term water augmentation projects that are currently being explored by various entities.  The project entails a maximum diversion of 2,400 acre-feet per year (AFY) from the Carmel River for injection, a maximum extraction of 2,000 AFY from the ASR wells in the Seaside Basin, and an average yield of about 920 AFY.  The proposed operation of the Phase 1 ASR Project would result in reduced pumping of the Carmel River in the Summer/Fall and increased storage in the Seaside Basin, which are both considered to be environmentally beneficial. 


On March 23, 2006, the District issued the Draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) on the MPWMD Phase 1 ASR Project, including information on a CAW temporary pipeline associated with the ASR Project.  On August 21, 2006, the MPWMD Board certified the Final EIR/EA, including responses to comments, adoption of formal Findings of Approval, and adoption of a Mitigation Monitoring Plan to address project impacts, with emphasis on comments submitted by California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS, also known as NOAA Fisheries).  Notably, both CDFG and NMFS had previously filed water rights protests (see ASR1 below), so the EIR/EA responses and refinements were made with the intent to also resolve water rights concerns. Additional information on the Final EIR/EA is available on the District website at: 


In Fall 2006, the certified EIR/EA was used a primary decision-making tool by several permitting entities. On September 19, 2006, the U.S. Army transmitted a signed Right-of-Entry permit, a key approval needed to construct the Phase 1 ASR Project.  The City of Seaside Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit for the Phase 1 ASR well on October 11, 2006.  The Monterey County Health Department issued a well construction permit on December 13, 2006. 


Objective ASR1- Secure SWRCB Approval for Phase 1 ASR

Regarding water rights for ASR Phase 1, two Petitions for Change were originally submitted by the District in October 2001 and revised in September 2003.  The SWRCB noticed the District’s Petitions on April 15, 2005.  The District prepared formal responses to the NOAA Fisheries and CDFG protests in mid-June and July 2005, respectively.  Since then, the District has worked extensively with NOAA and CDFG to resolve water rights issues and also address CAW concerns [CAW and MPWMD had previously agreed to share water rights for the Phase 1 ASR Project].  These efforts included including meetings, telephone conferences, computer modeling and formal correspondence.  The SWRCB also hosted several meetings of all water rights participants.  Despite these efforts, a mutually satisfactory resolution of agency and CAW concerns has not occurred as of this writing, and the target date for water rights approval has slipped several months.  There may be a need for a formal SWRCB hearing unless resolution occurs in the very near term.  Thus, a revised goal date of October 1, 2007 is recommended, a significant delay from the original December 2006 date.   This delay is somewhat moot due to delayed construction of Well #2 (see below) and critically dry streamflow conditions this year that would not have presented an opportunity to use the water rights permit, had it been issued earlier this year. 


Due to the delay for the long-time Phase 1 ASR permit, the District applied on November 28, 2006 for a temporary urgency permit to facilitate ASR testing with the existing test well (Well #1) in the 2007 winter season.  The SWRCB issued the temporary permit on January 11, 2007, which is good through May 2007.  Notably, except for a few days, Carmel River flow has not met minimum flow rates needed to divert water to the existing ASR well; less than 10 acre-feet were diverted this year.  District staff is exploring non-Carmel River sources of water to test Well #2 when it is fully completed later this year.


Objective ASR2- Complete ASR Phase II Water Rights Negotiations

Efforts in Winter 2007 have focused on Phase 1 water rights and few substantive discussions with CAW have taken place to date regarding Phase 2 water rights.  These efforts are expected to begin in April 2007, and will be described in the next quarterly report.


In related action, District staff continues to coordinate with SWRCB staff regarding water rights associated with the New Los Padres Reservoir Project (issued in 1995).  The District transmitted a July 2006 letter requesting an extension of time for the reservoir permits to maintain the water rights associated with them.  Five objections were filed from entities including: CAW, CDFG, Carmel River Steelhead Association, Esselen Tribe of Monterey County and NMFS.  Copies of the objections were provided to the District in December 2006, and responses were provided.  The parties have 180 days to come to agreement on terms and conditions for approval to extend the permit; outstanding issues become the subject of SWRCB decisions. 


Objective ASR3- Oversee Completion of the Second ASR Well for the Phase 1 Project

The Phase 1 ASR Project is comprised of the existing full-scale test well at the Santa Margarita site in addition to a new, second ASR well immediately adjacent to the site.  The two wells would be operated in tandem.  The District began construction mobilization for the second well the week of December 4, 2006, as scheduled.  A temporary sound wall was constructed and drilling began in early January 2007.  The well was completed in early February 2007.  Since then, a series of events have delayed completion.  In mid-February, while testing of the well was underway, equipment losses occurred deep in the well, which delayed testing until the end of March 2007.  While preparations were being made for the final well inspection video the first week of April, it was discovered that formation materials from the aquifer system have entered the well, indicating that a problem with the integrity of the well casing remains.  This problem apparently stems from the failure of pipe threads that allowed the well development pump to drop to the bottom of the well in mid-February.  Staff, consultants and the drilling contractor are working to remedy this situation, which could mean a delay through most of April 2007.  Once the well is repaired and passes final inspection, action will focus on developing final designs, facility layout and drawings for well pumps and motors in additional other facilities such as the electrical panel, pump house, chemical building, pipes and valving.


Objective ASR4- Monitor and Facilitate the Necessary Infrastructure Improvements to the CAW System to Ensure that They Are in Place to Support Phase 1

In 2006, District staff worked closely with CAW to help obtain permits and other approvals to construct a temporary pipeline along the west side of General Jim Moore Boulevard.  This pipeline is needed for existing CAW system operational flexibility as well as to provide water to enable full capacity of the Phase 1 ASR Project.  CAW mobilized the temporary pipeline segments in December 2006, and the pipeline pieces were connected as of late March 2007.  However, the District was recently advised by CAW consultants that additional CAW distribution facilities are needed to support diversion to both Phase 1 ASR wells in addition to existing CAW wells.  The District and CAW staffs have met on several occasions to address current and future demands on the CAW system from a hydraulic and engineering perspective.


Objective ASR5- Develop a Project Description and Yield Estimate for the Phase 2 Project

As described above, efforts to date have focused on the Phase 1 ASR Project.  However, meetings continue between District and CAW staff/consultants, which include discussion of future ASR phases.  District staff is presently working with CAW consultant, ASR Systems, on their preliminary investigation of the ASR element of the proposed Coastal Water Project.  This information can also be used to formulate a project description and yield estimate for the District’s Phase 2 ASR Project.  Meetings with CAW and its consultants will continue into April 2007 and beyond, and will be described in the next quarterly report.  The issue of Phase 2 ASR goals will also be the subject of the April 19, 2007 Strategic Plan Update workshop.



Though not formally a part of the Strategic Plan objectives, the following water supply activities continued in the January through March 2007 period:


Regional Water Supply

District staff continues to coordinate with Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA), Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA), Marina Coast Water District (MCWD) and other entities on regional water supply solution opportunities.  The District General Manager continues to participate in Monterey County-led meetings of a Managers Working Group comprised of water/wastewater districts and cities from the Monterey Peninsula and north Monterey County, including the northern Salinas Valley, regarding a potential governance structure for a regional water supply planning entity currently known as the Monterey Bay Regional Water Authority (MBRWA).  At its March 22, 2007 meeting, the District Board approved in concept a draft Memorandum of Understanding to Form the Monterey Bay Regional Water Solutions Task Force, and urged other entities to consider it as well and/or offer suggested changes.  The MOU proposes to form a committee comprised of a representative from the County Board of Supervisors, affected water district/agency governing boards, and city councils.


Conduct ASR Testing in 2007   

ASR entails diverting excess water flows (typically in Winter/Spring) from the Carmel Valley Alluvial Aquifer through existing CAW facilities and injecting the water into the Seaside Groundwater Basin for later recovery in dry periods.  Since 1996, the District has evaluated the feasibility of ASR at greater levels of detail, including obtaining annual temporary water rights to divert water from the Carmel River Basin water and inject it into the Seaside Basin.  From 1998 through May 2006, the District has injected approximately 1,863 AF of excess winter flow from the Carmel River Basin into the Seaside Basin at the MPWMD Paso Robles Test Injection Well (located at Seaside’s Mission Memorial Park) and the Santa Margarita Test Injection Well (SMTIW) located on the former Fort Ord military base, just east of General Jim Moore Boulevard near Eucalyptus Avenue.  During this period, 1,139 AF was recovered and delivered to the community via the CAW system as part of the test program. 


In Water Year 2006, a total of 411 AF were diverted and injected into the Seaside Basin at the SMTIW site from January through May 2006.  Various tests associated with water quality and storage were performed through Fall 2006.  The year 2006 technical report was prepared in Winter 2007, and is being received by the District Board at its April 16, 2007 meeting.  This information will also be forwarded to the SWRCB as part of its formal annual reporting requirements. 


Extremely limited testing has occurred in 2007 due to inadequate streamflow in the Carmel River, due to critically dry conditions.  Efforts have focused on construction of Well #2 and related water rights issues, as described above.


In late March 2006, the District and CAW finalized a Management and Operations Agreement (MOA) regarding ASR testing, mutual aid, cost-sharing, water rights and other issues.  Since then, several cooperative meetings and action on ASR technical issues and water rights have occurred, as described above. 


Participate in Seaside Basin Management as Part of Watermaster Board and as Consultant to the Watermaster 

The adjudication of the Seaside Basin also affects water project activities.  Litigation filed by CAW on August 14, 2003 asserted CAW’s water rights and requested a Court adjudication of the Seaside Basin.    The District intervened and participated in all litigation activities.  Judge Roger Randall rendered a Final Decision on March 27, 2006.  The complex and lengthy Decision determined that the Seaside Basin is in overdraft; set a reduced “natural safe yield” and a near-term “operating yield” allowed to be produced by the parties as they work toward a “physical solution” (including ASR and wastewater reclamation) to eliminate the overdraft.  


A nine-member Watermaster Board was created to implement the Decision with continued oversight by the Court.  The MPWMD holds one seat on the Watermaster with two out of 13 votes.  The MPWMD Board selected Michelle Knight as its representative to the Watermaster Board.  The Watermaster has held monthly meetings since its formal commencement on April 5, 2006.  District staff have also participated on the Watermaster Technical Committee and contributed significantly to the Seaside Basin Monitoring and Management Program Plan that was submitted to the Court in late May 2006.  District staff continued to contribute data and analysis as a Technical Committee member through 2006.  


In addition, in Fall 2006, the District teamed with the Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA) to submit a proposal for consulting services to the Watermaster.  On November 15, 2006, the Watermaster selected the MPWMD/MCWRA team to carry out the project management function for the Seaside Basin Monitoring and Management Program.  The firm of RBF Consulting was selected to implement the program (i.e., data collection, test well drilling, etc.).  The specific budget for these services is still being refined as of early April 2007, and the Watermaster has not yet formally engaged the consultant teams for this work, though District staff has been carrying out well monitoring duties.  A limited contract was let to one consultant for expansion of the well monitoring network, and the Watermaster is considering hiring a technical Program Manager to assist the part-time Chief Executive Officer. 


Interagency Cooperation

District staff continued to work with CAW staff and consultants to discuss ways to advance ASR as a needed component of the “water portfolio” for the Peninsula, both now and in the future.  The District continues to work with CAW and resource agencies to develop quarterly management strategies to reduce impacts to the Carmel River and Seaside Basins, while meeting community water needs. 


District staff led the effort to obtain $497,000 of Proposition 50 grant funds to prepare an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) for the Monterey Bay Area.  Final written approval of State Department of Water Resources (DWR) funding was made in early January 2006.  Since then, the District staff has worked closely with its local public and non-profit partners to complete the IRWMP, including retaining specialized consultants for this type of work.  A Draft Plan was completed in October 2006, and a Final Plan is anticipated in late April 2007.  Completion of the IRWMP will position the Monterey Bay Area to receive implementation funds for specific projects, such as the MPWMD ASR Project.  In March 2007, District staff attended specialized workshops on Prop 50 grant funding opportunities; the implementation grant cycle will begin soon with proposals due in Summer 2007. 


Other Related Action

The following table summarizes other related District efforts relevant to overall water supply: 





Seismic Retrofit and Sediment Removal from San Clemente Reservoir.

District staff participates in the EIR/EIS process on the seismic retrofit of San Clemente Dam. Potential removal of sediment from San Clemente Dam continues to be explored by CAW, California Department of Resources (DWR), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USCOE).  District staff participates in technical meetings and provides technical expertise upon request.  In late June 2006, District staff submitted extensive technical comments on the Draft EIR/EIS issued in April 2006.  


Implement and Refine Water Distribution System (WDS) Rules and Regulations.

Ordinance No. 122 refining the Water Distribution System (WDS) process became effective on September 14, 2005.  The ordinance created a Pre-Application process for all new wells in the District along with an impact-based, multi-level permit process, based on the size, location and water use of affected parcels.  Staff and consultants continued to refine Implementation Guidelines to accompany the ordinance.  Nearly 40 applications are currently at various stages in the permit process.  In a related matter, the Board in July 2006 adopted Ordinance No. 124 to exempt projects in the Former Fort Ord served by water sources other than the Carmel River or Seaside Basin from MPWMD WDS regulations.  This is most pertinent to service by Marina Coast Water District for redevelopment as part of Fort Ord Reuse Plan. 

In August 2006, the General Manager issued WDS Memo #3, which addresses environmental review and permit protocol for applications that include wells located in the Carmel Valley Alluvial Aquifer (CVAA).  The Board confirmed this administrative direction at its October 2006 meeting.  The memo directs more rigorous review based on letters received from NMFS and CDFG on the cumulative impacts on water extractions from the Carmel River.   Please refer to the District website at:



Review CEQA Documents for Other Projects


The District logs incoming CEQA notices and comments on selected documents prepared by other agencies for substantive projects within the District boundary that could potentially affect water supply, water quality or environmental resources managed by the District.  Several projects are in process, including sites at downtown Monterey, Ryan Ranch, Bishop Ranch and Carmel Valley.