Project Update Archives
- The Fiscal Year 13/14 project budget was approved at June 24, 2013 Board of Director’s meeting which includes $2.4 M for 14 contracts with 12 consultants to perform:
- required CEQA analysis and reporting, including identifying and analyzing alternatives
- drill and install a monitoring well
- hydrogeological modeling of proposed injection sites on the Seaside basin
- pilot testing including analysis of groundwater, source waters, and bench-scale treatment processes.
- public health study reviews and regulatory agency requirements coordination
- feasibility studies and facilities planning including conveyance pipeline and pump station analysis
- Independent Advisory Panel meetings
- Proposed water sources will now include:
- City of Salinas commercial facility pond water (primarily produce wash water)
- Blanco Drain water
- Storm drain waters from MRWPCA member entity cities
- Secondary effluent from the MRWPCA treatment plant (limited).
- Reclamation Ditch water
Combined, these wastewaters could potentially provide 9,550-12,050 acre-feet per year of source water.
- Notice of Preparation was issued for the proposed GWR project. The 30-day public comment period is from May 31 – July 2, 2013. Please see Public Participation page to view the NOP document and information on how to submit a comment.
- A NOP Public Scoping meeting was held at the Oldemeyer Center, Seaside on June 18, from 6 PM – 8 PM. Approximately 35 people attended.
- Workshops in May and June 19 were held at the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC, proceeding A.12-04-019) to develop criteria for the proposed GWR Project to determine California-American Water Company’s desalination plant capacity.
- Public outreach coordination with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District.
- Met with California Department of Health to work on Advanced Water Treatment design criteria.
- 3-way Memorandum of Understanding was approved April 20, 2012 with Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and the American Water Company.
- Contracts have been approved to:
- install a monitoring well into the Seaside Groundwater basin
- develop a pilot Advanced Water Treatment Plant
- apply for numerous grants
- conduct alternate analyses and water quality studies required by the CA Department of Public Health
- $75,000, State Revolving Loan Feasibility Grant secured
- $150,000, Bureau of Reclamation Water Smart Grant secured
- Other potential funding sources include:
- Integrated Regional Water Management Plan Implementation Grants - the State is allocating up to $8 Million for Central California projects.
- Local Groundwater Assistance Grant Program through the Division of Integrated Regional Water Management - $250,000 maximum periodically.
- State Revolving Finance (SRF) Loan: 20-year, 2.2% loan for pilot studies, design and construction with a maximum of $50 million per year.
- Monterey Peninsula Water Management District’s Prop 218 Public Hearing was conducted on June 19. Funds would provide Project costs at 50% cost sharing for Year 1.
- Discussions are underway with Salinas Valley growers and Water Plus group to clarify water rights and project details.
- Groundwater monitoring well permit application has been submitted and the permit is expected to be issued soon.
|Project Documents and Additional Information
For project reports to the MRWPCA Board of Directors, browse the Pubic Meeting Agendas/Minutes (audio also available).
Presentations at the March 2013 WateReuse Conference, Monterey, CA
- Project overview; posted on the Monterey County Herald Website, 5/29/2013
Local and national news articles and opinion in HTML format:
- Criteria for Groundwater Replenishment Project to be Considered — MC Herald, Jun 11, 2013
- Water pollution agency agrees to take next step on groundwater replenishment project — MC Herald,Feb 16, 2013
- Editorial_ Water solution in sight — MC Herald, Jan 31, 2013
- Don't Waste The Drought — NY Times Aug 18, 2012
- It's time to unite on water issue — MC Herald, Jun 9, 2012
Magazine and journal articles:
- ACWA Water for Tommorrow Issue 3-2010 Water Recycling - Making the Most of Every Drop 5-11-10
- AWWA Journal Feb 09 Vol101 No 2 pp 49-51 The Groundwater Replenishment System
- AWWA UpflowMar09 Reclaimed Water - Optimize Groundwater Recharge Reliably
- BenefirtsofRecycledWaterRechargetoOver-DraftedCoastalGWBasin - Jerry Cole
CPUC NOP on DEIR 10-10-12
Grand Jury Report 2009 issued Jan 2010
Wall Street Journal essay Aug 24 2012 - YouAreDrinkingWhat
WateReuse From Waste-d-water to Pure Water Simpson 2007
WRF Best practices for indirect potable reuse 2004
MPRWA - PUC Water Testimony Exhibits Feb 2013