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SWRCB NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENTon Cal-Am's MPWSP 04-03-13.pdf

SWRCB NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENTon Cal-Am's MPWSP 04-03-13.pdf

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Published by L. A. Paterson
State Water Resources Control Board
State Water Resources Control Board

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 April 3, 2013
NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
DRAFT REVIEW OF CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY’S MONTEREYPENINSULA WATER SUPPLY PROJECTNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT
the State Water Resources Control Board (State WaterBoard) will accept public comments on a draft report requested by the California Public UtilitiesCommission (Commission) on water right issues associated with California American WaterCompany’s (Cal-Am) proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (Project). The draftreport and other information concerning this matter can be found at:http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/hearings/caw_mpws/index.shtml In a memo dated September 26, 2012, the Commission requested assistance from the StateWater Board in reviewing water right issues associated with a pending application before theCommission from Cal-Am for the Project. As proposed, the Project would consist of a 9.6million gallon per day desalination facility combined with planned groundwater replenishment orrecharge and aquifer storage and recovery. Feedwater for the desalinization facility would beextracted from subsurface slant wells extending offshore beneath Monterey Bay that wouldextract groundwater from one of two different aquifers (Dune Sand or 180-Foot Aquifer). TheCommission requested an assessment from the State Water Board on whether Cal-Am has thelegal right to extract groundwater for the Project. Water from this Project is intended to replacethe portion of Cal-Am’s water supply from the Carmel River that becomes unavailable inDecember 2016 under the State Water Board’s October 20, 2009 Cease and Desist Order (WR-2009-0060 found at:http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/board_decisions/adopted_orders/orders/wro2009.shtml).In response to the request for review of the Project, the State Water Board completed andtransmitted an initial draft report to the Commission on December 21, 2012. In a memo datedFebruary 14, 2013, the Commission responded to the initial draft report and requested that theState Water Board prepare a final report that evaluates additional information and responds toadditional questions provided by the Commission. State Water Board staff reviewed theadditional information and prepared a revised draft report. This revised draft report is nowavailable for public review and comment. Following public comment, the State Water Board willmake any needed revisions to the report. That report will then be discussed at a State WaterBoard meeting to receive additional input from the public and Board members prior to

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