ITEM:

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

3.

CONSIDER EXTENSION OF COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY FOR STREAMFLOW GAGING IN WATER YEAR 2020

 

Meeting Date:

October 21, 2019

Budgeted:

Yes

 

From:

Dave Stoldt

Program/

2-5-1 A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

 

Prepared By:

Greg James

Cost Estimate:

$15,800

 

General Counsel Approval:N/A

Committee Recommendation: The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on October 14, 2019 and recommended approval by a vote of 3 to 0.

CEQA Compliance:N/A

 

SUMMARY:The United States Geological Survey (USGS) operates two streamflow gaging stations on the Carmel River:

 

(1)††††††† Carmel River at Robles del Rio (No. 11143200) and

(2)††††††† Carmel River near Carmel (No. 11143250).

 

The upper or "Robles" gage is immediately downstream of Esquiline Bridge (River Mile 14.4) and the lower or "Carmel" gage is immediately downstream of Via Mallorca Bridge (River Mile 3.6). The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (District) relies on the flow data from both of these stations to support ASR operations and both gages are named in the water rights associated with ASR diversions.It should be noted that the Robles del Rio station is funded by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency.

 

RECOMMENDATION:Authorize the General Manager to execute the agreement with the USGS providing cooperative investigation of the water resources within the District for Water Year (WY) 2020 for an amount not-to-exceed $15,800.

 

BACKGROUND:†††† The District has funded a cooperative water resources program with the USGS to monitor Carmel River streamflow since the late 1980s.Other than the District, the USGS is the only other independent agency that monitors continuous Carmel River streamflow.The Carmel station provides a long-term streamflow record that began in 1962. The USGS streamflow data provide a valuable cross check for the Districtís streamflow data when verifying the daily, annual, and peak flows that occur on the Carmel River.The USGS Carmel River streamflow data also support the Districtís implementation of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) operations in the Seaside Groundwater Basin in that the data are utilized in real-time to assist in scheduling when to commence or cease injection, given current trends in streamflow conditions.In addition, as a cooperator with the USGS, the District has access to purchase equipment from the USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility and keep informed of advancements in instrumentation.

 

IMPACT TO STAFF/RESOURCES:The District's share for continuation of streamflow monitoring at the Carmel River near Carmel station for WY 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020) is $15,800, as indicated on Exhibit 3-A, which represents a 1.0 percent increase over the WY 2019 cost.

 

EXHIBIT

3-A††††† Joint Funding Agreement for Water Year 2020

 

 

 

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