Meeting Date:

November 19, 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 July-October 2007 period.  This review is one month later than normal due to workload priorities.  The next quarterly report will be written in January 2008.  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 2007 were prepared for the January, April and July 2007 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).  At the September 25, 2006 Strategic Planning Workshop, three-year goals were set along with six-month objectives for the September 2006 through March 2007 period.  The goals were refined and new six-month objectives through September 30, 2007 were developed at the Board’s April 19, 2007 strategic planning workshop; the strategic plan was formally adopted at the May 21, 2007 meeting.  Current water supply goals and objectives are shown below, and will remain until the next Strategic Planning Workshop, tentatively scheduled for February 2008.  This delay will allow two new Board members elected in November 2007 to take office, receive committee assignments, and become more familiar with District programs.  Original due dates and changed dates are shown in italics. 


Goal: Determine and participate in long-term water supply solution(s)

Ø      LS1: Continue participation in California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Coastal Water Project (CWP) process, including environmental review and Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) processes (ongoing).

Ø      LS2: Provide technical support or guidance to the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) for its Groundwater Replenishment Project in the Seaside Basin (ongoing).

Ø      LS3: Present to the Board for consideration a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for participation in the Monterey Bay Regional Water Solutions Task Force to evaluate regional water supply solutions (6/30/07; completed).

Ø      LS4: Present to the Board the Community Advisory Committee Report on projects listed in the matrix of water supply alternatives (9/30/07; completed).

Ø      LS5: Revise the matrix of water supply alternatives (using the quantified supply target) to incorporate results of the revised Bookman-Edmonston/GEI report evaluating desalination projects (November 2007; changed to January 2008).


Goal: Complete Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Phase 1 and Expanded ASR Project(s)

Ø      ASR1: Secure State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) water rights permit for Phase 1 ASR Project (if not, team will prepare for water rights hearing) (originally 5/31/07; now December 2007)

Ø      ASR2: Complete Well #2 for Phase 1 ASR, including final facilities design and contractor selection (originally 9/30/07; now 2/1/08).

Ø      ASR3: Determine the feasibility of a dual-well injection test and report results to the General Manager (originally 9/30/07; now 12/31/07).

Ø      ASR4: Facilitate determination and schedule for completion of necessary infrastructure improvements to the California American Water (CAW) system to ensure they are in place to support Phase 1 ASR (originally 9/30/07; now 12/31/07).

Ø      ASR5: Confirm water storage rights with the Watermaster (originally 9/30/07; now January 2008).

Ø      ASR-E1: [Expanded Objective] Complete negotiations with CAW for joint ownership of water rights, to obtain future ASR and other water rights permits (originally 6/30/07; now 12/31/07).

Ø      ASR-E2: [Expanded Objective] Develop a project description and yield estimate for expanded ASR, and present to the Board (originally 8/31/07; now 01/28/08).


The following paragraphs describe action on the 12 water supply objectives identified above in the July 1 through October 31, 2007 period.  For clarity, background information is provided for certain objectives.




Objective LS1: Continue Participation in CPUC Coastal Water Project Process, including Environmental Review and Department of Ratepayer Advocates Processes


Action in July-October 2007:  MPWMD staff has participated in monthly CPUC/DRA meetings regarding water supply alternatives, and has assisted CPUC staff and consultants upon request.  This objective is ongoing.


Discussion/Background:  District staff has met with and assisted CPUC staff and consultants since mid-2006 to help the CPUC better understand existing and future community needs, and how those needs may relate to the Coastal Water Project proposed by CAW as well as various potential alternatives.  The CPUC issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the CWP on September 29, 2006, which will include information on alternative desalination facilities to the plant proposed at Moss Landing.  Beginning in January 2007, the 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, including the Monterey Peninsula.  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.


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 alternative desalination site locations, intake and discharge operations, desalinated water conveyance systems, and project sizes. The District submitted comments on the NOP in November 2006 (see January 2007 report for details). 


Objective LS2: Provide Technical Support or Guidance to MRWPCA for its Groundwater Replenishment Project in the Seaside Basin  


Action in July-October 2007:  MPWMD staff continues to meet and advise MRWPCA staff and consultants, and provides technical review of technical and planning documents prepared by MRWPCA, as requested.  This objective is ongoing.


Discussion/Background:  The Groundwater Replenishment Project (GRP) entails potential injection or percolation of highly purified recycled water in to the Seaside Groundwater Basin.  It is modeled after a successful replenishment project in Orange County, California.  Studies are underway to determine whether a similar type of project is feasible in the Seaside Basin east of General Jim Moore Boulevard.   At its November 20, 2006 meeting, the MPWMD Board adopted Resolution No. 2006-05 expressing support for the MRWPCA replenishment efforts. The resolution text may be viewed at: Subsequently, MPWMD staff has participated in five GRP technical coordination meetings, and has provided technical assistance to the GRP consultant team in the preparation and review of project reports.


Objective LS3: Present to the Board for Consideration an MOU for Participation in the Monterey Bay Regional Water Solutions Task Force to Evaluate Regional Water Supply Solutions


Action in July-October 2007:  MPWMD staff continues to coordinate with other entities on regional water supply solution opportunities as part of an inter-agency Task Force of local elected officials, charged with developing a regional strategy for resolving the water supply needs of the Monterey Peninsula and North County, including the northern Salinas Valley.  The objective for Draft MOU approval by the Board was met on time in June 2007.


Discussion/Background:  District staff continues to coordinate with MRWPCA, Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA), 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.  At its meeting of June 18, 2007, the MPWMD Board approved a revised Draft MOU to form the Task Force and a contribution of $5,000 towards technical analyses that the Task Force will require. Entities involved in the MBRWA met on July 23, 2007 and endorsed the Final Draft MOU, which was distributed to all member entities for final approval in Summer/Fall 2007.  Additional information may be found at the MPWMD website at:


Objective LS4: Present to the Board the Community Advisory Committee Report on Projects Listed in the Matrix of Water Supply Alternatives


Action in July-October 2007:  MPWMD staff facilitated a CAC meeting on July 23, 2007 to hear the final presentation on Seawater Desalination Vessels (offshore desalination).  The CAC met in August and early September 2007 to consolidate data and issue its final report, which was received by the Board at its September 17, 2007 meeting.  This objective was completed on time, as planned.


Discussion/Background:  The Community Advisory Committee is envisioned as a means to expand public input on the decision-making process regarding proposed water supply projects.  The CAC structure and charge were 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 reviewed the seven water supply projects in the MPWMD Comparative Matrix and provided comments on merits or drawbacks of each. Notably, the Board did not seek CAC consensus on a preferred project.  The CAC reviewed projects from February through July 2007 and issued a report for consideration by the Board in September 2007.   The CAC received presentations on the following projects:  Aquifer Storage and Recovery (MPWMD); Regional Urban Water Augmentation Project (Marina Coast Water District); Groundwater Replenishment Project (Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency);  8,400 AFY Desalination Project near Sand City (MPWMD); Coastal Water Project (California American Water); North Monterey County Desalination Project (Pajaro/Sunny Mesa Community Service District); and Seawater Desalination Vessels (Water Standard Company).  Materials associated with each CAC meeting may be found at the District website at:

For more information on the CAC itself, refer to the District website at:


Objective LS5: Revise the Matrix of Water Supply Alternatives (using the Quantified Supply Target) to Incorporate Results of the Revised Bookman-Edmonston/GEI Report Evaluating Desalination Projects


Action in July-October 2007: MPWMD consultant Bookman-Edmonston/GEI Consultants prepared a draft report evaluating four desalination projects in the matrix, which was received by the Board on July 16, 2007.  Three sets of comments were received by the August 17, 2007 deadline.  The consultant scope of work was amended by the Board on September 17, 2007 to prepare the final report, which is scheduled for receipt at the December 10, 2007 meeting.  The revised matrix, which will incorporate the BE/GEI and CAC information, is scheduled for presentation to the Board at its January 2008 meeting. This delay enables two new Board members elected in November 2007 to have time to familiarize themselves with water supply projects before receiving the updated matrix.


Discussion/Background:  Since Fall 2004, the District has prepared an annual 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 8,400 AFY 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 Desalination Project 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.  For more information about the B/E-GEI contract review in January 2007, please refer to the District website at:


The 2007 matrix (to be presented in January 2008) will address how well various projects meet the water supply targets adopted by the Board earlier in 2007.  The targets were developed over a series of meetings in 2006 and 2007.  A staff-recommended value of 12,500 AFY for existing needs was presented to the Board for its consideration at the November 20, 2006 meeting.  Refer to 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, as described in the District website at:

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 provided feedback in February and March 2007.  Jurisdiction comments were reviewed and the Board approved the 12,500 AFY and 4,545 AFY yield targets at its meeting of April 16, 2007.  Refer to the District website at:     




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.  The primary ASR water supply efforts at this time focus on: (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 as well as future expanded ASR projects.   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 Water Rights Permit for Phase 1 ASR Project (if not, Team Will Prepare for Water Rights Hearing)

Action in July-October 2007:  MPWMD staff and General Counsel continued extensive water rights negotiations with the two agency protestants to the MPWMD permit application as well as CAW, our water rights partner, through mid-September 2007.  The scheduled hearing of September 24, 2007 was cancelled at the “eleventh hour” when protests by CDFG and NMFS were withdrawn.  SWRCB staff is presently preparing permit documents, with a goal of issuance in December 2007, a delay of many months from the original goal.


Discussion/Background:  Water rights for Phase 1 ASR are based on two Petitions for Change, originally submitted by the District to the SWRCB 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 NMFS and CDFG protests in mid-June and July 2005, respectively.  The District worked extensively with NOAA and CDFG through September 2007 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 extensive meetings, telephone conferences, computer modeling and formal correspondence.  The SWRCB also hosted several meetings of all water rights participants.  A mutually satisfactory resolution of agency and CAW concerns finally occurred in mid-September 2007, just before the scheduled September 24, 2007 SWRCB hearing.  This delay did not affect ASR water diversions in Water Year 2007 due to the critically dry streamflow conditions, which presented minimal opportunity to use the water rights permit, had it been issued.    


Due to the delay for the long-term 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 expired on May 31, 2007.  Notably, except for a few days, Carmel River flow did not meet minimum flow rates needed to divert water to the existing ASR well; approximately 12 acre-feet were diverted.   


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 reservoir water rights are relevant as they are the basis for the Petitions for Change described in Objective ASR1 above.  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 not yet met to come to agreement on terms and conditions for approval to extend the permit; outstanding issues would become the subject of SWRCB decisions. 


Objective ASR2: Complete Well #2 for Phase 1 ASR, including Final Facilities Design and Contractor Selection

Action in July-October 2007:  District staff and consultants continued design of Phase 1 ASR support facilities in coordination with CAW.  Current action is focused on developing final designs, facility layout and drawings for the new well pump and motor in addition to other facilities such as the electrical conduits, percolation basin, pipes and valving.  Completion has been delayed by an expanded evaluation and planned remediation of the existing ASR Well #1.  Bids for initial facilities construction are due on November 13, 2007.  The revised goal date for installation of these ASR well facilities is February 1, 2008.  This date could be affected by the recently conveyed requirement by the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FOR A) to conduct additional ordnance investigation activities prior to property transfer to the City of Seaside.   In related action, an important U.S. Army Easement was signed on September 21, 2007. Efforts related to participation in a bond program to finance the ASR project continue. 

Discussion/Background:  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 and formal production testing subsequently occurred.  In early April, while preparations were being made for the final well inspection video, it was discovered that rock formation materials from the aquifer system had entered the well, indicating a continuing problem with the integrity of the well casing, apparently due to failure of pipe threads on the contractor’s drill bit that allowed the well development pump to drop to the bottom of the well.  Repair of the casing was completed in early May, and included a new bottom “swage” plate for the well, plus a concrete plug to ensure that the plate remains in place for the life of the well.  The District was not charged for the repair, which was conducted by the well drilling contractor, under supervision from the District’s construction management consultant.  A final acceptance video of the well construction was conducted in mid-May 2007.


In related action, ASR Well #1 is undergoing planned remediation, and repair of the well components may be more extensive than originally anticipated.  Beginning in October 2007, unforeseen regulatory issues related to water quality (California Regional Water Quality Control Board) and investigation of possible unexploded ordnance in the former Fort Ord Military Reservation (FORA) have posed challenges that could cause future delays.   On a positive note, the U.S. Army executed a Supplemental Agreement No. 1 to Department of Army Easement for Injection Test Well to enable the long-term Phase 1 ASR Project on September 21, 2007. 


Regarding ASR Project financing, on June 18, 2007, the Board adopted the required resolutions for participation in the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) Water/Wastewater pooled bond program to finance the District’s Phase 1 ASR Project.  Subsequently, a tax law attorney with the bond counsel firm that represents the CSCDA program determined that the ASR project is not eligible for regular tax-exempt financing, due to the fact that (because it is a private for-profit entity) CAW uses in its distribution system water injected and recovered by the District-owned ASR wells.  With the assistance of a financial advisor, District staff has also pursued a financing alternative that would involve issuance of tax-exempt “private activity” bonds.  However, due to the recent identification of two additional time-consuming and costly processes the District would have to complete in order to issue this type of debt, other possible alternatives have been re-evaluated.  Staff has now determined that due to unanticipated and unavoidable delays in completing the ASR project, a significant portion of the required funding will not required until Fiscal Year 2008-09, and that the project can now be funded on a pay-as-you-go basis. That alternative will be presented to the Board at its November 19, 2007 meeting.


Objective ASR3: Determine the Feasibility of a Dual-Well Injection Test and Report Results to General Manager 


Action in July-October 2007:  MPWMD staff continues to work with MCWD and MCWRA to explore the potential for using water from the MCWD system for roughly two weeks to test the ASR project, particularly the use of Well #1 and the new Well #2 together.  An ASR Coordination Agreement has been drafted, with MCWD Board consideration scheduled for November 14, 2007.  An alternative source to CAW’s Carmel River or Seaside Basin wells  is needed due to potential lack of supply next  year and CAW operational constraints.  This goal has been delayed to December 31, 2007. 


Discussion/Background:  Typically, the Phase 1 ASR well testing would be based on waters from the Carmel River, as allowed by the water rights permits issued by the SWRCB, which consider the needs of the Carmel River steelhead.  The lack of flow in the Carmel River in 2007, combined with the current operational constraints in the CAW system, has resulted in loss of the ability to test the Phase 1 ASR project at full capacity (i.e., Well #1 and #2 operating together).  Thus, District staff has been working with MCWD and MCWRA staff to further develop plans for possible use of treated water from the MCWD distribution system to support a “dual-well” injection test at the ASR site in late 2007.  As part of that effort, District staff has asked District General Counsel to clarify water storage rights and procedures contained in the Seaside Basin adjudication court decision, as they would potentially affect this proposal (see Objective ASR-5 below).  District Counsel drafted an agreement for consideration by participating entities in order to enable this proposal to proceed, which would define objectives and responsibilities regarding the planned injection testing using MCWD system water.  The MCWD Board is scheduled to consider this agreement at its November 14, 2007 meeting.


Objective ASR4: Facilitate Determination and Schedule for Completion of Necessary Infrastructure Improvements to the CAW System to Ensure They Are in Place to Support Phase 1 ASR


Action in July-October 2007:  As part of ongoing coordination and technical information exchange, District and CAW staff and consultants met on October 2, 2007 regarding infrastructure needed to deliver an adequate volume of treated water to the MPWMD Phase 1 ASR project site as well as adequate supply for future ASR concepts (see also Objective ASR-E2).  CAW plans to submit a basis-of-design report for needed facilities to the CPUC by November 15, 2007.  Completion of this goal has been delayed until December 31, 2007.


Discussion/Background:  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 assembly was completed as of late March 2007. However, the District was advised by CAW consultants on April 18, 2007 that additional CAW distribution facilities are needed to support water diversion to both Phase 1 ASR wells in addition to existing CAW wells.  Since then, District and CAW staffs continue to meet to address current and future demands on the CAW system from a hydraulic and engineering perspective; four meetings were held since October 1, 2007 and additional meetings are planned.   A related task is to balance near-term operations and ASR needs with longer-term plans by CAW to construct the Coastal Water Project.


Objective ASR5: Confirm Water Storage Rights with the Watermaster


Action in July-October 2007:  A legal opinion Memorandum on MPWMD and CAW’s right to store water injected into the Seaside Basin via the Phase 1 ASR project and potential future projects was prepared by General Counsel.  District staff plans to provide materials and discuss its ASR plans with the Watermaster Technical Advisory Committee in January 2008, which is a delay in achieving this goal. 


Discussion and Background:  This objective relates to the fact that the Seaside Basin Watermaster is the Court-appointed entity with authority over storage and extraction rights of water in the Seaside Basin.  See “Other Water Supply Activities” below for more information on the Watermaster and associated District staff efforts.


Objective ASR-E1: Complete Negotiations with CAW for Joint Ownership of Water Rights, to Obtain Future ASR and Other Water Rights Permits


Action in July-October 2007:  No substantive discussions with CAW have taken place action due to emphasis on Phase 1 ASR water rights.  Completion of this goal has been delayed until December 31, 2007.


Discussion/Background:  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.  This agreement satisfied the State Department of Health Services requirement that the entities enter into a minimum 10-year agreement to operate the ASR facilities.  It also includes provisions for sharing rights for the Phase 1 ASR project and to negotiate additional agreements for acquiring and sharing ownership of water rights for present and future potable water supplies for the Monterey Peninsula area.  In 2007, efforts have focused on securing water rights for the Phase 1 ASR Project and defining potential future expansion of ASR.


Objective ASR-E2: Develop a Project Description and Yield Estimate for Expanded ASR, and Present to the Board


Action in July-October 2007:  As noted above, District staff continues to coordinate with and assist CAW consultants and staff regarding expanded ASR possibilities.  Completion of this goal has been delayed until January 28, 2008.


Discussion/Background:  As described above, efforts to date have focused on the Phase 1 ASR Project.  However, meetings continue between District and CAW staff/consultants regarding future ASR phases.  District staff has provided computer simulations for CAW consultant, ASR Systems, for their investigation of the ASR element of the proposed Coastal Water Project and potential expanded ASR projects.   In mid-2007, District staff reviewed a CAW Technical Memorandum on a conceptual plan for expanded ASR. Meetings with CAW and its consultants will continue into January 2008 on this subject.    




Though not formally a part of the Strategic Plan Water Supply objectives, the following water supply activities continued in the July through October 2007 period:


Conduct ASR Testing in 2007   


Action in July-October 2007:   CAW contractors equipped ASR Well #1 with an onsite disinfection station in order to facilitate water delivery in peak production periods. Scheduled rehabilitation work on Well #1 began in October 2007; more extensive work is needed than expected.  Completion of rehabilitation is expected by mid-December 2007. 


Discussion/Background:  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.  In Water Years 1998 through 2007, the District has injected approximately 1,875 AF of excess winter flow from the Carmel River Basin into the Seaside Basin at two sites:  the MPWMD Paso Robles Test Injection Well (located at Mission Memorial Park in Seaside) and the SMTIW #1, 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. 


Extremely limited testing has occurred in 2007 due to inadequate streamflow in the Carmel River, due to critically dry conditions. In Water Year 2007, a total of 11.85 AF were diverted and injected into the Seaside Basin at the SMTIW site in February and March 2007. 





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


Action in July-October 2007:  Beginning in July 2007, District staff worked with the consulting team headed by RBF Consulting to gather various sources of well data to facilitate development of the Watermaster’s groundwater resources database.  District staff also assisted with the implementation of the seawater detection and tracking portion of the SBMMP.  District staff helped the Watermaster’s Technical Program Manager to prepare the Phase 2 Monitoring and Management Program budgets, which were approved by the Watermaster on October 17, 2007.

Discussion/Background:  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 Decision was amended by the Court on February 9, 2007.  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, 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.).  At its April 18, 2007 special meeting, the Watermaster approved agreements with MPWMD, MCWRA and RBF Consulting Engineers for Phase 1 of technical work needed to complete and implement the SBMMP required by the Basin adjudication court decision.  The MPWMD agreement includes various SBMMP program management oversight tasks that are performed on an interim basis.  Some of these tasks have been taken over by the Watermaster’s  part-time Technical Program Manager, hired in June 2007, to facilitate completion  of SBMMP tasks, among other assigned duties.  The Watermaster also approved staff recommendations to increase its Administrative Fund Budget due to a higher-than-anticipated level of work in 2007 by its part-time Chief Executive Officer, as well as an adjustment in its SBMMP Budget to cover anticipated Phase 1 work by contract service providers and the Technical Program Manager.


In June 2007, District staff delivered several database products to the Watermaster and its consultants under the District’s Phase 1 contract on the Watermaster’s Seaside Basin Monitoring and Management Program (SBMMP).  This work is part of an effort to build a comprehensive groundwater resources database to support various Watermaster uses.  The next major element of work for the District under this contract included assistance in preparing analyses, based on data that have been collected by the District and others, of the current status of seawater intrusion potential and tracking in the Seaside Basin


Integrated Regional Planning


Action in July-October 2007:  District staff continued to work with participating entities on the revised Draft Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP), which was received by the MPWMD Board, with public input, in July 2007.  The Final IRWMP is being presented to the Board for adoption at its November 19, 2007 meeting. 

Discussion/Background:  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 Peninsula, Carmel Bay, and South Monterey Bay Area.  Final approval of State Department of Water Resources (DWR) funding for preparation of the regional plan was made in early January 2006.  Since then, District staff has worked closely with 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 input was received from the partner entities. The revised Draft Plan was presented to the MPWMD Board at the July 16, 2007 meeting.  The revised Draft Plan has been circulated to an expanded list of agencies and organizations for broader public review and comment.  The Final Plan is being presented to the Board for adoption at the November 19, 2007 meeting. Completion of the IRWMP will position the region to receive funds to implement specific projects, such as an expanded ASR Project.


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.   Current efforts focus on review of new concepts proposed in 2007 to address sedimentation and fish passage issues, and technical comments related to the pending Final EIR/EIS.  District staff have attended several meetings and provided input on concepts since mid-2007.


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.  A total of 20 Applications and 33 Pre-Applications are currently at various stages in the permit process.  In October 2006, the Board confirmed the administrative direction in WDS Memo #3, which addresses environmental review and permit protocol for applications that include wells located in the Carmel Valley Alluvial Aquifer (CVAA).  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.