INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/STAFF REPORTS
QUARTERLY WATER SUPPLY PROJECT STATUS REPORT
April 21, 2008
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This is a quarterly report on Monterey Peninsula Water Management District water supply augmentation projects for the January 1 through March 31, 2008 period. The next quarterly report will be written in July 2008. Limited background information is provided herein. A detailed historical overview of previous action may be found in previous year’s reports. Detailed quarterly updates are typically prepared for the January, April, July and October regular Board meetings. An abbreviated monthly report on Strategic Plan objectives is provided at each regular Board meeting. This information can be found by clicking on the pertinent agenda item 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 Water Year, defined as October 1 through September 30). At the September 25, 2006 Strategic Planning Workshop, three-year goals were set along with six-month objectives. The goals were refined and new six-month objectives were developed at the Board’s April 19, 2007 strategic planning workshop, and were formally adopted at the May 21, 2007 meeting. These goals and objectives remained in effect until late February 2008. The Strategic Planning Workshop, normally held in the fall, was delayed until February 13, 2008 to allow two new Board members elected in November 2007 to take office, receive committee assignments, and become more familiar with District programs. New goals and objectives ere adopted at the February 28, 2008 meeting. Thus, this quarterly report addresses two sets of objectives.
The goals and objectives set in 2007, which were in effect through February 2008 included (due dates 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).
LS2: Provide technical support or
guidance to the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) for
its Groundwater Replenishment Project in the
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 (CAC) 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 (revised to 02/28/08).
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) (completed 12/31/07)
Ø ASR2: Complete Well #2 for Phase 1 ASR, including final facilities design and contractor selection (revised to 3/31/08).
Ø ASR3: Determine the feasibility of a dual-well injection test and report results to the General Manager (feasibility assessment completed by 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 (1/31/08).
Ø ASR5: Confirm water storage rights with the Watermaster (01/24/08).
Ø ASR-E1: [Expanded Objective] Complete negotiations with CAW for joint ownership of water rights, to obtain future ASR and other water rights permits (ongoing through September 2008).
Ø ASR-E2: [Expanded Objective] Develop a project description and yield estimate for expanded ASR, and present to the Board (03/31/08).
The six-month goals and objectives adopted on February 28, 2008 include (due dates shown in italics):
Goal: Determine and participate in long-term water supply solution(s)
Ø LS1: Present to the Legislative Committee a briefing paper on the draft Cease and Desist Order (CDO) [issued by SWRCB] (02/15/08)
Ø LS2: Recommend to the Board for action a MPWMD position on the Draft CDO (02/28/08).
Ø LS3: Lobby local, state and federal legislators and boards regarding the MPWMD position on the draft CDO (prior to draft CDO hearing).
Ø LS4: Prepare and coordinate testimony for the draft CDO hearing based on Board policy and direction (prior to draft CDO hearing).
Ø LS5: Refine and present to the Board the matrix of water supply alternatives (using the quantified supply target) (03/17/08).
Ø LS6: Ensure that CAW presents updated water supply proposals, alternatives and timeline (03/27/08).
Ø LS7: Prioritize water supply alternatives (04/21/08).
Ø LS8: Ensure the remaining entities adopt a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for participation in the Monterey Bay Regional Water Solutions Task Force to evaluate regional water supply solutions (4/21/08).
LS9: Provide technical support or
guidance to the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) for
its Groundwater Replenishment Project in the
Goal: Complete ASR Phase 1 and Expanded ASR Project(s)
Ø ASR1: Notify and make a presentation to the Watermaster, informing them of MPWMD’s water storage rights (06/30/08).
Ø ASR2: Conduct a dual-well injection test and report results to the Board (06/30/08).
Ø ASR3: Achieve consensus with CAW on final MPWMD and CAW Phase 1 ASR facilities design, including a schedule (08/01/08).
Ø ASR4: Achieve consensus with CAW on the yield and schedule for the next phase of ASR expansion (08/01/08).
Ø ASR5: Complete negotiations with CAW for joint ownership of water rights to obtain future ASR and other water rights permit(s) (08/01/08).
The following paragraphs describe action on the water supply objectives identified above in the January 1 through March 31, 2008 period, with discussion about events in early April 2008, if needed. For clarity, background information is provided for certain objectives. An MPWMD Board Special Workshop on water supply alternatives was held on March 27, 2008, which summarized much of the work in the past year. Please refer to the District website at:
Because this April 2008 quarterly report addresses two sets of objectives, certain objectives from 2007 and 2008 may be merged for this report to avoid redundancy, or the numbering system may be changed to reflect the most recent Strategic Plan. The following paragraphs are also organized as follows to help avoid confusion:
Determine and participate in long-term water supply solution(s)
Ø Water Supply Alternatives
Ø Draft CDO
Complete ASR Phase 1 and Expanded ASR Project(s)
GOAL: DETERMINE AND PARTICIPATE IN LONG-TERM WATER SUPPLY SOLUTION(S)
Objectives for Water Supply Alternatives
Objective (2007 Plan): Continue Participation in CPUC Coastal Water Project Process, including Environmental Review and Department of Ratepayer Advocates Processes
Action in January-March 2008: MPWMD staff has participated in monthly CPUC/DRA meetings regarding water supply alternatives, and has assisted CPUC staff and consultants upon request. At its March 27, 2008 special workshop on water supply alternatives, the District Board heard a presentation on the “Sustainable Water Supply Program for Monterey County,” a conceptual regional plan that has been developed by the Regional Plenary Oversight Group (REPOG), sponsored by the CPUC/DRA.
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
The primary components of the
CWP are a 10 million-gallon-per-day (mgd) desalination project at Moss Landing,
a conveyance pipeline to the
The “Sustainable Water Supply Program for
Objective (2007 Plan): Present to the Board the Community Advisory Committee Report on Projects Listed in the Matrix of Water Supply Alternatives
Action in January-March 2008: No action. The CAC final report was received by the Board at its September 17, 2007 meeting.
Discussion/Background: The Community Advisory Committee was 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 was 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, consolidated information, and issued a report, which was accepted by the Board at its September 17, 2007 meeting. 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: http://www.mpwmd.dst.ca.us/asd/board/committees/cac/2007/2007.htm .
For more information on the CAC itself, refer to the District website at:
Because the CAC is an ad hoc committee and completed its assigned duties, it did not meet after September 2007. However, it is involved in the draft CDO issue (see below).
Objective LS5 (continued in 2008): Refine and Present to the Board the Matrix of Water Supply Alternatives, using the Quantified Supply Target
Action in January-March 2008: MPWMD consultant Bookman-Edmonston/GEI Consultants presented its final report on four desalination alternatives at the February 28, 2008 Board meeting. The 2008 updated matrix, which incorporated the BE/GEI and CAC information, was received by the Board at its March 17, 2008 meeting, as scheduled.
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, now known as the “Offshore Desalination Project” (ODP). 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: http://www.mpwmd.dst.ca.us/pae/matrix/matrix.htm . To review the October 2006 matrix, visit:
To view the most recent February 2008 matrix, refer to the website at:
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 ODP 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 ODP technology. For more information about the B/E-GEI contract review in January 2007, please refer to the District website at: http://www.mpwmd.dst.ca.us/asd/board/boardpacket/2007/20070222/17/item17.htm .
B/E-GEI 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 address these comments, which included substantial new data from the ODP proponents. The B/E-GEI final report was received at the Board’s February 28, 2008 meeting. Consult the District website for more information at:
Water Supply Target: One Matrix component addresses how well various projects meet the water supply targets adopted by the Board in 2007, based on 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. For more information, refer to the District website at: http://www.mpwmd.dst.ca.us/asd/board/boardpacket/2006/20061120/12/item12.htm .
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:
Objective LS6 (new in 2008): Ensure That CAW Presents Updated Water Supply Proposals, Alternatives and Timeline
Action in January-March 2008: As scheduled, CAW Vice President Tom Bunosky made a presentation to the MPWMD Board at its March 27, 2008 Special Workshop on the current regulatory situation, CAW efforts on the Coastal Water Project, and updated timelines.
Discussion/Background: The Coastal Water Project is described above. The CAW presentation may be viewed at the MPWMD website at:
Objective LS7 (new in 2008): Prioritize Water Supply Alternatives
Action in January-March 2008: At its March 27, 2008 Special Workshop on water supply alternatives, the Board received: (1) an update from CAW on its Coastal Water Project (see Objective LS6 above); (2) information on the cost and timeline associated with completing a Final EIR on the 8,400 AFY MPWMD Seawater Desalination Project in the Sand City area; (3)a brief presentation by Water Standard Company on offshore ship-based desalination facilities; and (4) an overview by MWMD staff on the major water supply alternatives evaluated to date. The Board began initial discussions on which water supply alternatives should be pursued by the District in the near-term. The Board directed staff to revive pursuit of the MPWMD desalination project, which had been tabled in 2004. A new name, the “MPWMD 95-10 Project,” was suggested, as a key goal is compliance with SWRCB Order WR 95-10. The Board also directed staff to develop a scope of work and cost estimate for engineering and environmental consultant contracts associated with the certifying a Final EIR for the Project, to be considered at the April 21, 2008 Board meeting. Additional discussion of priorities is also anticipated at the April 21, 2008 meeting.
Discussion/Background: A recent overview of the MPWMD 95-10 Project (8,400 AFY desalination), and the initial discussion of setting priorities may be viewed at the MPWMD website at: http://www.mpwmd.dst.ca.us/asd/board/boardpacket/2008/20080327/02/item2.htm and at:
Objective LS8 (continued in 2008): Ensure the Remaining Entities Adopt an MOU for Participation in the Monterey Bay Regional Water Solutions Task Force to Evaluate Regional Water Supply Solutions
Action in January-March 2008: The Draft MOU was approved by the Board in
June 2007, as scheduled. 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
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
Objective LS9 (continued in 2008): Provide Technical Support or Guidance to MRWPCA for its Groundwater Replenishment Project in the Seaside Basin
Action in January-March 2008: 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
Objectives for Draft Cease and Desist Order
On January 15, 2008, the SWRCB issued a draft Cease and Desist Order
against CAW. The draft CDO refers to
SWRCB Order 95-10, issued in July 1995, and notes that compliance with Order
95-10 – that is, to find a replacement
water supply to offset unlawful diversions from the Carmel River Basin – has
not yet been achieved after 12 years. The
draft CDO notes that diversion to serve the community continue to have adverse
impacts to fish, wildlife and their habitat, with particular reference to
federally protected species such as the Carmel River steelhead run. The draft CDO proposed a cutback in CAW
water diversions that would be equivalent to another 15% reduction beginning
October 1, 2008 to a 50% reduction in community water use by the year
2014. Extensive fines could be levied
against CAW, which potentially could pass them onto the community, if
compliance was not achieved. Given that
CAW has protested the draft CDO and has been granted a formal hearing
before the SWRCB, similar to a court case.
The District and several other parties have filed the requisite
paperwork to be parties in this proceeding.
The hearing dates are presently set at June 19 and 20, 2008 in
Also, the SWRCB held a public hearing to take policy statements in
The following four objectives developed at the District Board’s February 13, 2008 Strategic Planning Session and adopted by the Board on February 28, 2008, address the CDO:
Objective LS1: Present to the Legislative Committee a Briefing Paper on the Draft CDO
Action in January-March 2008: The District General Manager completed the briefing paper by February 15, 2008, as scheduled.
Objective LS2: Recommend to the Board for Action a MPWMD Position on the Draft CDO
Action in January-March 2008: The need for a Legislative Committee was enunciated at the February 13, 2008 Strategic Planning Session. The District Board approved the membership and charge for a new ad hoc Legislative Advocacy Committee at its February 28, 2008 meeting. The committee met on March 10 and 17, 2008 to formulate a recommended District Board position on the CDO; the committee will meet again prior to the May 19, 2008 Board meeting. Thus, this objective completion date has been delayed. The committee members are Directors Dave Potter, Bob Brower and Judi Lehman.
Discussion/Background: Information on the Legislative Advocacy Committee may be viewed on the District website at:
Objective LS3: Lobby Local, State and Federal Legislators and Boards Regarding the MPWMD Position on the Draft CDO
Action in January-March 2008: Legislative Committee members have contacted elected representatives and SWRCB Board members, as allowed. Notably, Assemblymember John Laird wrote the SWRCB on March 25, 2008 to request that the SWRCB defer action on the CDO until after the CPUC issues the EIR on the Coastal Water Project and evaluates alternatives to the Moss Landing desalination site. The Board will consider a contract with a government relations service at its April 21, 2008 Board meeting. This task will continue until the June 19-20 hearings on the draft CDO.
Objective LS4: Prepare and Coordinate Testimony for the Draft CDO Hearing Based on Board Policy and Direction
Action in January-March 2008: Led by District General Counsel, the District
submitted a witness list to the SWRCB on March 14, 2008. Counsel attended the March 19, 2008 Pre-Hearing
GOAL: COMPLETE ASR PHASE 1 AND EXPANDED ASR PROJECT(S)
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
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
An extensive multi-year water rights effort resulted in the SWRCB issuing Orders WR 2007-0041-DWR and WR 2007-0042-DWR and Amended Permits 20808A and 20808B on November 30, 2007. These Orders approve, in part, the District’s Petitions for Change to allow some of the water rights from the New Los Padres Dam and Reservoir Project in 1995 to be applied to the ASR Project. District staff continues to work on certain follow-up activities related to certain conditions of approval, such as working with CDFG regarding a stream alteration agreement or waiver equivalent. Please see Objective ASR5 below for more background on water rights.
Objective ASR1 (continued in 2008): Notify and Make a Presentation to the Watermaster, Informing Them of MPWMD’s Water Storage Rights
Action in January-March 2008: A legal opinion Memorandum on MPWMD and CAW’s right to store water injected into the
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
Objective ASR2 (continued in 2008): Conduct a Dual-Well Injection Test and Report Results to the Board
Action in January-March 2008: MPWMD staff continues to work with MCWD and
MCWRA to facilitate use of 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, if sources from the
Discussion/Background: Typically, the Phase 1 ASR well testing would
be based on waters from the
The actual dual-well test is slated for June 2008 once several required actions are completed. If water from MCWD is to be used, prior to initiating the dual-well injection test (assuming 3,000 gallons per minute for up to three weeks), the following tasks must be completed: (1) make a temporary physical connection between the MCWD system and the ASR site; and (2) complete the ASR Well #1 rehabilitation work and Well #2 development work that are underway.
Objective ASR3 (continued in 2008): Achieve Consensus with CAW on Final MPWMD and CAW Phase 1 ASR Facilities Design, Including a Schedule
Action in January-March 2008: District staff and consultants met with CAW representatives most recently on March 20, 2008 to achieve the goal of enabling full capacity production of the Phase 1 ASR Project. The next meeting is scheduled for April 24, 2008. This goal depends on full functioning of Wells #1 and #2 in addition to concurrent CAW infrastructure to ensure delivery of adequate water volume to the ASR site. It also depends on long-term approvals by state regulators to enable injection and extraction/use of ASR water.
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. 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.
In related action, beginning in October 2007, ASR Well #1 underwent planned remediation, and repair of the well components are more extensive than originally anticipated. Also, unforeseen regulatory issues related to water quality and investigation of possible unexploded ordnance in the former Fort Ord Military Reservation have posed challenges that have delayed progress.
In coordination with CAW, District staff and consultants continue design of Phase 1 ASR support facilities such as a new well pump and motor in addition to electrical conduits, percolation basin, pipes and valving. Bids for initial facilities construction were received on November 13, 2007 to install permanent underground plumbing and electrical piping for ASR Well #2. The goal date for installation of these ASR well facilities was delayed to March 31, 2008, due in part to delays stemming from ordnance removal requirements and water quality concerns conveyed in Fall 2007. District staff coordinated with the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA), U.S. Army and Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) to help address these issues. As of April 15, 2008, all of the underground utilities to the second ASR well have been installed.
Regarding water quality issues, in late November 2007, MPWMD and CAW staff met with RWQCB Executive Officer Roger Briggs to discuss questions about disinfection byproducts in CAW treated potable water, the injection source water for the Phase 1 ASR Project. These questions were raised due to concerns about ASR projects in other regions of the state, which triggered the Central Coast RWQCB’s need for consistent review of such projects. During the meeting, District technical staff presented the results of rigorous and detailed ASR water quality testing analyses we have conducted over the past several years. The consensus conclusion among representatives of all three entities present in the meeting was that the District’s ASR project source water conditions, Seaside Basin water use considerations, and aquifer characteristics are significantly different, and in large part not directly comparable, to the other ASR projects that raised the issue. It is anticipated that RWQCB staff will consider the Phase 1 Seaside Basin ASR project separately, and not require additional permit-related requirements that would adversely affect the project’s viability.
During the meeting Mr. Briggs assured District staff that their written waiver of discharge requirements, which was issued for the MPWMD Phase 1 Project in 2007, enables commencement of ASR operations in 2008. A formal confirmation of the RWQCB’s conclusion is expected in the near future. RWQCB staff also indicated that they would be developing formal criteria and guidelines to ensure that all ASR and similar projects in the Central Coast Region are reviewed for consistency with RWQCB policy. District staff intends to closely monitor this process to assist the RWQCB, and in order to ensure the long-term nature of RWQCB’s authorization or exemption determination for the Seaside Basin ASR operations.
unexploded ordnance, in late 2007, the District was advised by FORA that there
are additional required ordnance investigation activities that affect the Phase
1 ASR Project site that must be completed prior to property transfer to the
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 also pursued a financing alternative that would involve issuance of tax-exempt “private activity” bonds. However, due to two additional time-consuming and costly processes the District would have to complete in order to issue this type of debt, other alternatives were re-evaluated. Staff determined that delays in completing the ASR project in 2007 meant that 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 was approved by the Board at its November 19, 2007 meeting.
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
Objective ASR4 (continued in 2008): Achieve Consensus with CAW on the Yield and Schedule for the Next Phase of ASR Expansion
Action in January-March 2008: As noted above, District staff continues to coordinate with CAW staff and consultants on necessary action and facilities to enable expanded ASR. The next meeting is scheduled for April 24, 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.
Objective ASR5 (continued in 2008): Complete Negotiations with CAW for Joint Ownership of Water Rights to Obtain Future ASR and Other Water Rights Permits
Action in January-March 2008: Initial discussions with CAW have taken place. District and CAW counsel are tasked with assessing the ability of using existing permits associated with the formerly proposed New Los Padres Dam as the basis for future ASR water rights filings.
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
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). A mutually satisfactory resolution of agency and CAW concerns finally occurred in mid-September 2007, just before the scheduled September 24, 2007 SWRCB hearing, which was cancelled when the protests by CDFG and NMFS were withdrawn. 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.
District staff continues to
coordinate with CAW and 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 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
OTHER WATER SUPPLY ACTIVITIES
Though not formally a part of the Strategic Plan Water Supply objectives, the following water supply activities continued in the January-March 2008 period:
Action in January-March 2008: ASR Well #1 is functional for injection
operations at this time, and rainfall in Water Year 2008 has provided adequate
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
It is notable that
Action in January-March 2008: District staff and consultants worked to
carry out contractual tasks approved in December 2007 for the Phase 2
Discussion/Background: The adjudication of the
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
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 Seaside Basin Monitoring and Management Plan (SBMMP).
A specific budget for MPWMD professional services for Phase 2 of the SBMMP was approved by the Watermaster Technical Advisory Committee on November 14, 2007 and by the full Watermaster Board on December 5, 2007. The MPWMD Board approved the agreement on December 10, 2007, which includes a budget of $83,800 for MPWMD staff and consultants to provide a variety of technical hydrologic services during the 2008 calendar year related to groundwater monitoring, prevention of seawater intrusion and action plan development. The work to be performed includes:
Integrated Regional Planning
Action in January-March 2008: District staff continued to work with
participating entities to implement the Integrated Regional Water Management
Plan (IRWMP). In addition, on April 1,
2008, District staff gave a presentation to the SWRCB Board on the water
augmentation component of the IRWMP. The
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
Other Related Action
The following table summarizes other related District efforts relevant to overall water supply:
Seismic Retrofit and Sediment Removal from
District staff participated fully in the EIR/EIS process on the seismic retrofit of San Clemente Dam, including submittal of extensive technical comments on the Draft EIR/EIS issued in April 2006. The Final EIR/EIS was certified by California Department of Resources (DWR) on December 31, 2007. District staff also participates in technical meetings and provide technical expertise upon request. District staff efforts in 2008 continue to focus on concepts to address sedimentation and fish passage issues, including removal of the current dam in an effort led by the California Coastal Conservancy.
Implement and Refine Water Distribution System (WDS) Rules and Regulations.
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 continue to refine Implementation Guidelines to
accompany the ordinance and improve public outreach, especially via the
District website. A total of 22
Applications and 39 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. The memo directs more rigorous review based
on letters received from NMFS and CDFG on the cumulative impacts on water
extractions from the
Review CEQA Documents for Other Projects
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. In the January-March 2008 period, the
District commented on three projects:
Resort at Del Rey Oaks, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Phase II in
Ryan Ranch, and