• Jeanne Byrne Files Papers for Re-Election to MPWMD Division 4

    Nearly four years ago, former Pacific Grove Mayor Jeanne Byrne decided to take on the complexities and mysteries of creating new water supply on the Monterey Peninsula.
    In a vigorous campaign, she won a seat on the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Board (MPWMD) and as a board member has been a catalyst for the change that has happened in the last four years. The new majority board direction has given the MPWMD general manager the backing he needed to move forward with water projects and procure the funding required.

    Jeanne Byrne

    Jeanne Byrne

    However, Byrne’s job is not done in creating and supporting new water sources to support jobs, family lifestyle and property values in Monterey County.
    That is why she filed papers at the Monterey County Elections Department Friday, July 31, for re-election in the Nov. 3 election. Division 4 comprises Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Carmel Woods.
    “My position on finding solutions for long-term water supply has not changed since 2011,” said Byrne. “As a community leader this is one of the most challenging and important issues for me to address for our citizens.”

    Byrne continues to campaign on a platform of providing leadership for:

    · A sustainable water supply that will allow for future jobs, businesses and families. She has advocated for Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) as part of California American Water’s water supply project. GWR, as recycled water, is an environmental water solution that will not only provide aquifer replenishment for the Peninsula but provide for irrigation of fields in the Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project area.
    · Promoting local small projects such as Pacific Grove’s reclaimed water project for Pacific Grove’s golf course and cemetery; the Air Port District and Monterey County Fair Grounds water projects.
    · Water Management District Projects such as aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), expansion of Los Padres Dam to protect the river and riparian water rights and GWR. The current extreme drought has limited ASR, but the District Board continues to work on expanding the opportunities for ASR.

    “The Board has become cohesive and balanced in working on water supply projects without stifling planned, sustainable growth or at the expense of the environment,” Byrne said. “The Board approach is currently to address the water solution with a combination of projects that may come on line prior to the proposed desal plant. In fact the MPWMD Board has supported the Deep Water Desal as a possible alternative if the Cal Am Desal project should become stalled. The Peninsula cannot be in the precarious position of having only one option.”
    Byrne has been a resident of Pacific Grove since 1977, and she lives with her husband Ray in a home that originally belonged to her great-grandfather, prior to belonging to her grandmother.
    As Mayor of Pacific Grove from 1992-1994, Byrne was instrumental in bringing Pacific Grove and Carmel onto the Fort Ord Reuse Authority Board. Over the years, she has been active on a variety of City committees and boards including the Building Standards Committee, Historic Resources Committee and Chair of the Architectural Review Board.
    Byrne continues to be actively involved with the American Institute of Architects, with Pacific Grove Rotary and Pacific Grove Downtown Improvement District and is currently sitting on the PG Planning Commission. She holds a degree in architecture from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and has been a longtime architect in Pacific Grove.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 31, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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