Meeting Date:

December 10, 2007





David A. Berger,


Environmental Quality


General Manager

Line Item No.:

2-5-2 Seaside Basin


Prepared By:

Joe Oliver

Cost Estimate:



General Counsel Approval:  To review agreement as to form.

Committee Recommendation:  The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on December 3, 2007 and recommended approval.

CEQA Compliance:  N/A


SUMMARY:  The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD or District) Board will consider approval of a professional agreement with the Seaside Groundwater Basin Watermaster (Watermaster) regarding technical services to be performed by MPWMD during the Watermaster Fiscal Year 2008, which is consistent with the 2008 calendar year.  The work to be performed by MPWMD for the Watermaster during this period includes:


  • Conduct ongoing data entry / database maintenance for the Watermaster’s water resource database that was developed in 2007 for the Watermaster by RBF Consulting in consultation with the MPWMD,
  •  Provide an update to the monitor well network enhancement report that was prepared in 2007 for the Watermaster by MPWMD,
  • Continue to collect monthly water levels for selected monitor wells under the Watermaster monitor program,
  • Continue to collect quarterly water quality samples under the Watermaster monitor program,
  • Expand monitoring to include the four new coastal “sentinel” monitor wells that were installed for the Watermaster in 2007,
  • Participate with Watermaster consultants and TAC members in preparation of the Watermaster’s Basin Management and Action Plan,
  • Participate with Watermaster consultants and TAC members in preparation of the Watermaster’s updated seawater intrusion analysis,
  • Prepare an Interim Seawater Intrusion Response Plan, consistent with the Court Decision, in coordination with Watermaster consultants and TAC members.


The draft Scope of Work for the MPWMD’s effort on the Phase 2 implementation of the court-approved Seaside Basin Monitoring and Management Program (SBMMP) is included in Exhibit 7-A.  The draft contract agreement for this work is included in Exhibit 7-B.  The Watermaster’s budget for 2008, which includes consideration of this work, was approved by the Watermaster’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on October 9, 2007, and the TAC approved the proposed work scope on November 14, 2007.  Approval of the MPWMD scope and agreement is scheduled to go for Watermaster Board consideration at their meeting on December 5, 2007.


RECOMMENDATION:  Staff recommends that the Board authorize the General Manager to enter into a professional services agreement with the Watermaster, once the agreement has been approved by MPWMD legal counsel and finalized, for the Scope of Work described in Exhibit 7-A.    Both the Scope and Agreement documents will be finalized prior to contract execution.  This Agreement is for a not-to-exceed sum of $83,800 during the Watermaster’s Fiscal Year 2008.  As discussed at the December 3, 2007 Administrative Committee meeting, the scope and budget for this work are currently being refined and may be modified up to $115,000 for work in Fiscal Year 2008. 


BACKGROUND:  On January 31, 2007, the MPWMD executed an agreement with the Watermaster to perform technical services associated with water quality monitoring of the existing coastal monitor well network in the basin.  This contract agreement covered the interim period in Winter and Spring 2007, until details of the MPWMD’s scope for assistance on the “Phase 1” implementation of the Seaside Basin Monitoring and Management Program (SBMMP) could be worked out.  On April 18, 2007, the MPWMD executed the contract agreement for the Phase 1 implementation of the SBMMP.  The Phase 1 effort includes work up to December 31, 2007.  The current contract that is the subject of this item is for “Phase 2” and includes work to be provided by the MPMWD to the Watermaster for the period from January to December 2008, consistent with the Watermaster’s fiscal year. 


IMPACT TO STAFF/RESOURCES:  A significant staff effort has been expended in participating in the development of the Watermaster’s SBMMP document, which was completed in 2006, and in the Phase 1 implementation of the SBMMP during 2007.  It is anticipated that this effort will continue and expand during 2008 as Phase 2 of the SBMMP implementation gets underway.



7-A      Draft Seaside Basin Watermaster Request for Service (includes Scope of Work)

7-B      Draft Professional Services Agreement between MPWMD and Seaside Basin Watermaster





J. Oliver, 11/29/07, 2 pages