ITEM:

PUBLIC HEARING

 

17.

CONSIDER ADOPTION OF JANUARY THROUGH MARCH 2018 QUARTERLY WATER SUPPLY STRATEGY AND BUDGET

 

Meeting Date:

January 24, 2018

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

Dave Stoldt,

Program/

N/A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

 

Prepared By:

Kevan Urquhart &

Cost Estimate:

N/A

 

Jonathan Lear

 

 

 

General Counsel Review:N/A

Committee Recommendation:N/A

CEQA Compliance:Notice of Exemption, CEQA, Article 19, Section 15301 (Class 1)

ESA Compliance:Consistent with the September 2001 and February 2009 Conservation Agreements between the National Marine Fisheries Service and California American Water to minimize take of listed steelhead in the Carmel River and Consistent with SWRCB WR Order Nos. 95-10, 98-04, 2002-0002, and 2016-0016.

 

SUMMARY: The Board will accept public comment and take action on the January through March 2018 Quarterly Water Supply Strategy and Budget for California American Waterís (Cal-Amís) Main and Laguna Seca Subarea Water Distribution Systems (WDS), which are within the Monterey Peninsula Water Resources System (MPWRS).The proposed budget, which is included as Exhibits 17-A and 17-B, shows monthly production by source of supply that is required to meet projected customer demand in Cal-Amís Main and Laguna Seca Subarea systems, i.e.,Ryan Ranch, Bishop, and Hidden Hills, during the January through March 2018 period.The proposed strategy and budget is designed to maximize the long-term production potential and protect the environmental quality of the Seaside Groundwater and Carmel River Basins.

 

Exhibit 17-A shows the anticipated production by Cal-Amís Main system for each production source and the actual production values for the water year to date through the end of November 2017.Please note that the anticipated production values assume that Cal-Amís annual Main system production for Water Year (WY) 2018 will not exceed 10,130 acre-feet (AF), including a maximum of 1,820 AF from the Coastal Subareas of the Seaside Groundwater Basin, an estimated 0 AF from ASR Phase 1 and 2 recovery, an estimated 300 AF from the Sand City Desalination Plant, and approximately 8,010 AF from the Carmel River Basin. The total from the Carmel River Basin is consistent with State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Order Nos. 95-10, 98-04, 2002-0002, and 2016-0016, and the total from the Seaside Groundwater Basin is consistent with the Seaside Basin adjudication decision. Both of these limits are subject to change, pending future regulatory actions. Cal-Am is allowed to produce water for in-basin use under its ďTable 13 Water RightsĒ, when bypass flows are adequate to do so.These production amounts may be up to 38, 52, and 56 AF, respectively in each of the three consecutive months of this quarter.In compliance with WRO 2016-0016, any water diverted under these rights must be used to reduce unlawful diversion from the Carmel River Basin.

Exhibit 17-B shows the anticipated production by Cal-Amís Laguna Seca Subarea systems for each production source, and the actual production values for WY 2018 to date through the end of
November 2017.Please note that the anticipated production values assume that Cal-Amís annual Laguna Seca Subarea systemsí production will not exceed 0 AF.This total is consistent with the Seaside Basin adjudication decision.

 

RECOMMENDATION: The Board should receive public input, close the Public Hearing, and discuss the proposed quarterly water supply budget.District staff recommends adoption of the proposed budget.The budget is described in greater detail in Exhibit 17-C, Quarterly Water Supply Strategy Report: January Ė March 2018.

 

BACKGROUND:The Quarterly Water Supply Strategy and Budget pertains to production within Cal-Amís Main and Laguna Seca Subarea systems for the three-month period of January, February, and March 2018. Staff from the District, Cal-Am, the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) cooperatively developed this strategy on December 17, 2017.The State Water Resources Control Boardís Division of Water Rights (SWRCB-DWR) monitored the meeting by conference line. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) were unable to attend, but received the briefing materials for the meeting.

 

To meet customer demand in its main system, Cal-Am intends for now to target production of approximately 0 AF per month of groundwater from its wells in the Upper Carmel Valley during January, February, and March 2018.If flows consistently exceed 20 cfs at the Districtís Don Juan Gage, Cal-Am could legally begin production from its Upper Carmel Valley Wells, so these values could change.Similarly, Cal-Am will target production of approximately 673, 559, and 716 AF of groundwater from its wells in the Lower Carmel Valley during January, February, and March 2018, respectively.The permitted diversion season for ASR began again on December 1, which is during this first quarter of WY 2018. Diversions to storage for ASR Phase 1 and 2 have not yet begun, but will be initiated whenever flows in the river are legally adequate to do so.For planning purposes, staff have scheduled diversions to ASR storage based on the long-term average diversion rate predicted by the Carmel Valley Simulation Model (CVSIM) for each month, and so have scheduled 230, 320, and 345 AF for the three months of the second quarter, respectively.Cal-Am may also produce 38, 52, and 56 AF in each of the consecutive three months of this quarter, respectively, under Table 13 Water Rights for in-basin use within Carmel Valley.

 

It was also agreed that, subject to rainfall and runoff conditions in the Carmel River Basin, Cal-Am may continue to produce water from the Coastal Subareas of the Seaside Basin during this period, if necessary to meet system demand and facilitate ASR diversions to storage. Cal-Am projected production of native groundwater from the Seaside Basin of 100 AF in each of the months of January, February, and March 2018, respectively. There was also a projected goal of producing an additional 25 AF of treated brackish groundwater from the Sand City Desalination Plant in each of these three months.

 

In addition, it was also agreed that Cal-Amís projected legal production of groundwater from its wells in the Laguna Seca Subarea for its customers in the Ryan Ranch, Bishop, and Hidden Hills systems would be 0 AF per month during January, February, and March 2016, respectively. Lastly, it was agreed that Cal-Am will operate its wells in the Lower Carmel Valley in a downstream-to-upstream order.

 

Rule 101, Section B of the District Rules and Regulations requires that a Public Hearing be held at the time of determination of the District water supply management strategy.Adoption of the quarterly water supply strategy and budget is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements as per Article 19, Section 15301 (Class 1).A Notice of Exemption will be filed with the Monterey County Clerk's office, pending Board action on this item.

 

EXHIBITS

17-A††† Quarterly Water Supply Strategy and Budget for Cal-Am Main System: January Ė March 2018

17-B††† Quarterly Water Supply Strategy and Budget for Cal-Am Subsystems: January Ė March 2018

17-C††† Quarterly Water Supply Strategy and Budget Report: January Ė March 2018

 

 

 

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