The Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has been released and the public comment period begun.
Pure Water Monterey is described as a multi-region, multi-benefit project of The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) and the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA). According to officials, it addresses the water supply needs of the Monterey Peninsula and the Salinas Valley by not only delivering highly purified water for replenishment of the Seaside Groundwater Basin, but also delivering additional tertiary treated water to the Salinas Valley for agricultural irrigation, thereby reducing groundwater pumping in that area.
The DEIR can be found at www.purewatermonterey.org and the public is encouraged to review and comment on the document during the established 45-day period that opens on April 22, 2015 – Earth Day — and closes on June 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. These comments will then be addressed in the Final EIR. The draft EIR can be viewed at the following locations:
Seaside Public Library
Marina Public Library
Salinas Public Libraries
Castroville Public Library
Monterey Public Library
Carmel Valley Public Library
Harrison Memorial Library (Carmel)
The public is also invited to two separate public information meetings, one on May 20 in Seaside and one on May 21 in Salinas. At the meeting, there will be a presentation about the project followed by a question and answer period. Spanish translation will be provided. Each location is ADA accessible.
While it does not replace the need for potable water production to replace the current overdraft by Cal-Am Water from the Carmel River (see http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/hearings/caw_cdo/), MRWPCA General Manager Keith Israel said, “Pure Water Monterey is a natural progression forward and is a critical component of solving our region’s water supply issues. Not only is it an environmentally responsible project, but it is projected to be online and delivering water by the fall of 2017. This is important as it shows the State Water Resources Control Board that Monterey County is serious about the future of our water.” The region faces a cease-and-desist order to replace the overdraft and it has been admitted by all parties that the deadline will be missed.
All comments regarding the DEIR under the State of California’s CEQA process should be directed via mail, email or fax to:
By Mail: Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency Administrative Office
ATTN: Bob Holden, Principal Engineer
5 Harris Ct. Bldg. D, Monterey
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Fax: (831) 372-6178
When faxing comments, please also email or send a physical copy of the correspondence to the above address to ensure receipt.
The Public Information Meetings will be held at the following locations where written comments regarding the Draft EIR will also be accepted:
May 20, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m
986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside
May 21, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Room B-208 (Student Services Building)
411 Central Avenue, Salinas
Pacific Grove’ Small Water Project, which will provide non potable water for city needs, is separate from this project and is proceeding under its own timetable