Meeting Date:

September 16, 2013





David J. Stoldt


Local Water Projects


General Manager

Line Item No.:    



Prepared By:

David J. Stoldt

Cost Estimate:

Not to exceed $200,000


General Counsel Approval:  N/A

Committee Recommendation:  The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on September 9, 2013 and recommended approval; the Water Supply Planning Committee met on September 16, 2013 and will make a recommendation at the Board meeting.

CEQA Compliance:  N/A


SUMMARY:  At its June meeting the District Board adopted a budget that included expenditure of up to $200,000 of the Water Supply Charge for development expenses for local water projects.  The program requires matching by the local project sponsor.  Each jurisdiction and other interested parties (potential Project Sponsors) will be solicited annually to submit an application. 


At its July meeting the Board authorized distribution of the grant/loan application for FY2013-14.  Applications were due by September 1. Two applications were received. The application from the City of Pacific Grove (Exhibit 22-A) requests $100,000 for its Local Water Project.  The application from the Monterey Peninsula Airport District (Exhibit 22-B) requests up to $15,000 for a phase 1 feasibility study for the Reuse of Existing Groundwater Remediation Wells. A third application was expected from the Pebble Beach Company with respect to developing a groundwater supply for the Del Monte Golf Course, but preliminary feasibility studies indicated a low likelihood of success. 


On September 9, 2013 the Administrative Committee approved Local Water Project Grant/Loan disbursements for FY2013-14 as determined and recommended by the Water Supply Planning Committee at a future meeting, so long as the amount does not exceed the approved budget, that disbursements are ratified by the full Board, and that unused funds are carried forward to FY2014-15.


The applications were reviewed by staff and the Water Supply Planning Committee on September 16, 2103.


RECOMMENDATION:  The Water Supply Planning Committee will make a recommendation to the Board at its September 16, 2013 Board meeting.


DISCUSSION:  Project eligibility, requirements that staff and Water Supply Planning Committee will consider are as follows:


Project Purpose:  Direct water supply benefit includes the development of a new water supply that may be used to offset the existing unlawful diversions of the California American Water Company from the Carmel River, as affected by the 2009 Cease and Desist Order imposed by the State Water Resources Control Board (“SWRCB”), or may result in a new additional supply of water that may serve future needs of the Monterey Peninsula.


Ancillary benefits may include, but are not limited to, the following:


·         Water supply reliability, conservation, and efficiency of use;

·         Water quality improvement – river, ocean, groundwater;

·         Recycling or reuse of wastewater consistent with SWRCB Recycled Water Policy;

·         Reduction of non-point source pollution, or point source discharge consistent with SWRCB Ocean Plan;

·         Reduction of carbon-based emissions consistent with California AB32 goals;

·         Storm Water capture and reuse consistent with California ASBS policy goals;

·         Groundwater recharge;

·         Flood management and protection of property; and

·         Environmental mitigation, fisheries protection, or habitat restoration;


District Goals:  Does the proposed project provide water to meet additional District goals?  District goals include the following four goals:


·         Can the Project provide water supply to the District for drought/rationing reserve (i.e. water that is not supplied to a beneficial use immediately upon project completion) and if so, how much?

·         Can the Project provide water supply to the District for potential future reallocation to the jurisdictions (i.e. water that is not supplied to a beneficial use immediately upon project completion) and if so, how much?

·         Can the project be run in a manner that would provide surplus production that could be “banked” into the Seaside Groundwater Basin utilizing the District’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery project?

·         Are there multiple benefits to the region or the State as described above?


Evaluation:  Projects will be evaluated by staff and recommendations made to the Committee based upon the following “Merit Factors.”


·         Application contains basic information requested

·         Project produces new water supply

·         Amount of new supply

·         Ancillary benefits demonstrated and determined to be of value to community

·         District goals identified above, are met by project.

·         Feasibility of Project has been demonstrated. 

·         Project Schedule is well defined and feasible.

·         Project Financing is well defined and contingencies examined and identified.

·         Annual Cost of Water is well defined and determined by the District to be consistent with alternate water supply projects, with consideration for ancillary benefits.

·         Project status with respect to permits, consultants, and land appear to be consistent with successful project completion.



22-A    City of Pacific Grove Local Water Project Grant/Loan Application

22-B    MPAD Local Water Project Grant/Loan Application