Established is 2013, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District’s Local Water Project Grant Program encourages projects to apply for grant funding that would support direct water supply benefit including 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;
Does the proposed project provide water to meet additional District goals?
District goals include the following:
· 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.
For more information on the background of this program and the grants that have been awarded please visit the following links:
July 22, 2013, item 14 – Board established the local grant program
September 16, 2013, item 22 – Board distributed $100,000 to City of PG and $15,000 to MPAD
October 14, 2014, item 14 – Board distributed $75,000 to Monterey Fairgrounds
February 18, 2015, item 17 – Board distributed $100,000 to City of Pacific Grove
October 19, 2015, item 16 – Board distributed $80,000 to Pebble Beach Company and $106,900 to City of Seaside
November 16, 2015, item 24 – Board distributed $85,000 to City of Monterey