PLANNING AND ENGINEERING DIVISION--OBJECTIVES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003-2004

 

Objective:†††††† Increase Water Supply To Meet Community and Environmental Needs

 

Goals:

1.      Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with assistance from consultants, that evaluates a local desalination facility at the project level of detail, and alternatives at the program level of detail; California-American Water Companyís (Cal-Am) proposed Carmel River Dam and Reservoir Project, Cal-Amís proposed Coastal Water Project (Moss Landing desalination project plus local ASR), and other project alternatives and components needed to meet a range of water production goals that reflect existing and future needs, by December 2003.

 

2.      Prepare Final EIR based on public comments received on the Draft EIR, with assistance from consultants.

 

3.      Continue pursuit of the Districtís two Petitions for Change (for ASR and existing Carmel River Diversions) to permits from the State Water Resources Control Board.

 

Objective:†††††† Maintain Mitigation Program

 

Goals:

1.      Prepare 2002-03 annual report for Mitigation Program by January 2004.

 

2.      Complete design of large wood habitat structures at Garland Park (funded by a California Department of Fish and Game grant) by June 2004.

 

3.      Provide regular technical assistance to Carmel River property owners for bank repairs and riparian habitat protection and enhancement.

 

4.      Secure a multi-year U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for Carmel River restoration work by December 2003.

 

5.      Continue process to secure long-term Memorandum of Understanding with California Department of Fish and Game for river maintenance activities.

 

6.      Plan and design lower Carmel River erosion protection and restoration projects by June 2004.

 

7.      Expand revegetation and irrigation systems at existing District restoration projects by June 2004.

 

8.      Conduct annual soil, and avian (bird) monitoring to document quality of Carmel River riparian habitat (e.g. riparian trees and shrubs such a s cottonwood, willow, alder and sycamore.)Avian monitoring is conducted by a consultant.

 

Objective:†††††† Endangered Species Act Compliance

 

Goals:

1.      Assure compliance with Endangered Species Act for District activities.

 

2.      As a co-applicant, advise group preparing ESA Section 10 Habitat Conservation Plan for water diversions from Carmel River on a regular basis.

 

Objective:†††††† Complete Other Activities

 

Goals:

1.      Assist in public information program on water issues and District actions.

 

2.      Implement MPWMD Rules and Regulations and associated Implementation Guidelines for water distribution systems, including CEQA review and permit processing, with assistance from a consultant.

 

3.      Comply with CEQA for District projects.

 

4.     Participate in CEQA environmental review on non-District projects that could affect water resources within the District.