ITEM:

PUBLIC HEARING

 

15.

CONSIDER ADOPTION OF APRIL THROUGH JUNE 2016 QUARTERLY WATER SUPPLY STRATEGY AND BUDGET

 

Meeting Date:

March 21, 2016

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

David J. 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 2001 Conservation Agreement, 2009 Settlement Agreement between the National Marine Fisheries Service and California American Water to minimize take of listed steelhead in the Carmel River, and SWRCB WR Order Nos. 95-10, 98-04, 2002-0002, and 2009-0060.

 

SUMMARY: The Board will accept public comment and take action on the April through June 2016 Quarterly Water Supply Strategy and Budget for California American Waterís (Cal-Am) Main and Laguna Seca Subarea Water Distribution Systems (WDS).The proposed budgets, which are included as Exhibit 15-A and 15-B, show monthly production by source of supply that is required to meet projected customer demand in CalAmís Main and Laguna Seca Subarea systems, i.e.,Ryan Ranch, Bishop, and Hidden Hills, during the April through June 2016 period.The proposed strategy and budgets are designed to maximize the long-term production potential and protect the environmental quality of the Seaside Groundwater and Carmel River Basins.

 

Exhibit 15-A shows the anticipated production by Cal-Amís Main system for each production source and the actual production values for the Water Year (WY) 2016 to date through the end of February 2016.The anticipated production values assume that Cal-Amís annual main system production for customer service will not exceed 11,954 acre-feet (AF), including 2,251 AF from Cal-Amís wells in the Coastal Subareas of the Seaside Groundwater Basin, 300 AF from Sand City Desalination Plant, 0 AF to be recovered from what has been stored so far by Phase 1 & 2 Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR), and 9,403 AF from the Carmel River Basin.The total from the Carmel River Basin is consistent with State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Order No. 95-10 and 2009-0060. The total from the Seaside Groundwater Basin is consistent with the Seaside Basin Adjudication Decision.

 

Exhibit 15-B shows the anticipated production by Cal-Amís Laguna Seca Subarea systems for each production source and the actual production values for WY 2016 to date through the end of February 2016.Please note that the budgeted production values assume that Cal-Amís annual production for WY 2016 will not exceed 48 AF from the Laguna Seca Subarea of the Seaside Groundwater Basin, whereas actual demand will exceed that amount.This total is consistent with the Seaside Basin adjudication decision.

 

If stream flow in the Carmel River exceeds the instream flow requirements specified by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a portion of the ďexcessĒ water may be diverted by Cal-Am for injection into the Seaside Groundwater Basin as part of Phase 1 and 2 ASR.The amount of water diverted from the Carmel River that is treated and delivered for injection will also depend on competing customer demand and the condition of Cal-Amís wells in the Carmel Valley at that time.††

 

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 budgets are described in greater detail in Exhibit 15-C, Quarterly Water Supply Strategy Report: April Ė June 2016.

 

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 April, May, and June 2016.Staff from the District, Cal-Am, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) cooperatively reviewed and approved this strategy on March 10, 2016.Staff from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and State Water Resources Control Boardís Division of Water Rights (SWRCB-DWR) were unable to attend.

 

To meet customer demand in its main system, Cal-Am intends to try to avoid producing any groundwater from its wells in the Upper Carmel Valley during April through June 2016, and will focus instead on producing approximately 894, 1,091, and 1,109 AF of groundwater from its wells in the Lower Carmel Valley during April, May, and June 2016, respectively.It is assumed that 350 AF of this total quarterly production would be diverted from the Carmel River and injected for storage into the Seaside Groundwater Basin during April and May 2016.Cal-am is also budgeted to produce 41 and 16 AF in April and May, respectively, for Table 13 water right holders identified in Water Rights Permit 21330.

 

It was also agreed that, subject to rainfall and runoff conditions in the Carmel River Basin, Cal-Am would budget to produce 100, 125, and 150 AF of water each month in April, May and June 2016, respectively, from the Coastal Subareas of the Seaside Basin, in addition to 25 AF per month from the Sand City Desalination Plant during this period.It was also agreed that Cal-Am would budget to produce 3, 5, and 5 AF of groundwater from its wells in the Laguna Seca Subarea for its customers in the Ryan Ranch, Bishop, and Hidden Hills systems during this period. No water production is planned from Phase 1 and 2 ASR during this period, but will be conserved for potential allocation within the last quarter of WY 2016 at the fourth and final Quarterly Water Budget meeting of WY 2016 scheduled for June 9, 2016.Cal-Am will operate its wells in the Lower Carmel Valley in a downstream-to-upstream order. If actual inflows are more or less than projected for the budget period, the group may reconvene and adjust the diversion and release rates accordingly.

 

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

15-A††† Quarterly Water Supply Strategy and Budget for CAW Main System: April - June 2016

15-B††† Quarterly Water Supply Strategy and Budget for CAW Laguna Seca Subarea: April - June 2016

15-C††† Quarterly Water Supply Strategy and Budget Report: April - June 2016†††††

 

 

 

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