Meeting Date:

January 17, 2018





David J. Stoldt


Water Supply Projects


General Manager

Line Item No.:



Prepared By:

Jonathan Lear

Cost Estimate:



General Counsel  Review:  N/A


CEQA Compliance:   This action does not constitute a project as defined by the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines section 15378.


















SUMMARY:  The District’s Carmel River Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) project is operated under a cooperative agreement between the District and California American Water (Cal-Am.)  Under this agreement, the District operates the wells during the injection season and collects the data required to meet permit requirements for the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  The District also provides data to the Seaside Watermaster related to the Storage and Recovery agreement between Cal-Am and the Watermaster.  Pueblo Water Resources (PWR) is used to support District Staff with the field work, data collection, and report preparation to operate the wells while injecting and comply with permit requirements.


DISCUSSION:  Due to the seasonal nature of work associated with ASR operations, the District has opted to not hire full time operators, but to hire PWR as support staff on an as-needed basis.  PWR will assist in field work, support data networks, and assist in the preparation of compliance reports.  PWR has 15 years of experience in supporting this project and is familiar with the ASR procedures and regulations.  Staff proposes to retain Pueblo Water Resources to support the District with operations on an as-needed basis for the WY 2018 ASR season.


RECOMMENDATION:  Staff recommends the Board authorize the General Manager to enter into an agreement on an as-needed basis, not to exceed $70,000 with PWR to support the District with WY 2018 ASR operations.


BACKGROUND:  The District completes annual water quality monitoring at the ASR facilities as outlined in the ASR Sample and Analysis Plan, which is a requirement for project operations by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  The District also monitors and reports streamflow and diversion volumes to the SWRCB, NOAA fisheries, and State Department of Fish and Wildlife for permit compliance.  In addition, the District reports volumes of water injected and recovered to the Seaside Watermaster as required by the Storage and Recovery agreement between Cal-Am and the Watermaster.  The District has used PWR for 15 years to support the development and operation of the Carmel River ASR project.


IMPACT TO STAFF/RESOURCES:  Funds for this project are included in the FY 2017-18 budget under “Water Supply Projects,” line item 1-2-1.  Funds expended to complete this work will be shared between the District and Cal-Am through the ASR Management and Operations agreement between the District and Cal-Am. Staff time will be utilized to aid consultant in sample collection.



2-A      Sample and Analysis Plan outlining annual ASR project monitoring as required by the Regional Water Quality Control Board