ITEM:

ACTION ITEM

 

22.

Consider Adoption of Resolution 2022-26: A Resolution of the Board of Directors Authorizing the Grant Application, Acceptance, and Execution for the Expansion of the Pure Water Monterey Project

 

Meeting Date:

September 19, 2022

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

David J. Stoldt,

Program/

N/A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

 

Prepared By:

David J. Stoldt

Cost Estimate:

N/A

 

General Counsel Approval: N/A

Committee Recommendation: N/A

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY: Late last year, Monterey One Water (M1W) submitted a grant application to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for the Urban & Multi-Benefit Drought Relief Grant Program. The request was $9.5 million for Pure Water Monterey Expansion (PWMX).

 

DWR made the award announcement in March 2022 and did not include M1W on the funding list.

 

In July, DWR staff provided some excellent feedback:

 

1) Project readiness. We obviously are a lot farther along than we were in November.

 

2) Waiver for projects serving disadvantaged communities (DACs) some of the areas to benefit from PWMX could be in DACs. (portions of Seaside and Monterey)

 

3) They are prioritizing awards based on technical review. PWMX is much farther along versus 9 months ago, hence should get a higher score.

 

4) It needs to be in response to an emergency. We will highlight drought, the Cease and Desist Order, and housing (RHNA) numbers.

 

5) Needs to help urban water supplies. This is where they said M1W was the wrong agency to apply for the program. We are in a much better position to score higher and to get more funding for PWMX if MPWMD takes the lead this go round.

 

RECOMMENDATION: The General Manager recommends that the Board adopt Resolution 2022-26 and direct staff to submit a grant application.

 

EXHIBIT

22-A Resolution 2022-26

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