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Tac Mprwa Draft Minutes 04-01-13

Tac Mprwa Draft Minutes 04-01-13

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Technical Advisory Committee of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority
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Burnett, Huss, Israel, Narigi, Riedl, Siegfried,
Members Absent:
Riley, Stoldt
 Staff Present:
Legal Counsel, Executive Director, Clerk
Chair Burnett called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.
Chair Burnett invited reports from TAC Members and had no requests to speak.
Chair Burnett opened public comment for items not on the agenda and had no requests tospeak.
1. Receive and Discuss Presentation from Cal Am Representative Regarding Compliance StatusWith The Eight Authority Adopted Conditions of Support (Bowie)Chair Burnett clarified there is no expectation all conditions will be met at this time but this is astatus update on progress Cal Am is making toward achieving the conditions of approval. CalAm Representative Catherine Bowie reported there has been no notable progress since the lastAuthority meeting. She informed the TAC that the California Public Utilities Commissionevidentiary hearings are taking place and Cal Am is presenting its case with experts. Thefollowing week the intervening parties will testify and many of the adopted conditions of supportwill be the topic of testimony and cross examination. Ms. Bowie then reported that a meetingcoordinating all federal agency permits took place, orchestrated by Congressman Farr. TheFederal agencies expressed technical and process concerns but no decisions were made andthere will be a follow up meeting in the future. Ms. Bowie then answered questions from the
MPRWA TAC Minutes Monday, April 1, 20132TAC.Chair Burnett requested that Member Huss meet with stake holders in the Salinas Valley WaterCoalition and report back to the TAC at the April 15, 2013 meeting. Member Huss questioned ifCal Am had addressed the Testimony of Hydrologist Tim Durbin to which Ms. Bowie respondedthat he will be a witness called during testimony at the CPUC evidentiary hearing. Mr. Hussquestioned the proposed location of the desalination facility and since there was confusion,Chair Burnett requested that Cal Am bring a site map to the next meeting and opened the itemfor public comment.Tom Rowley, representing the Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association, spoke about formerCarmel Councilman Jim Wright then expressed concern about the upcoming CPUC hearingsand the timeline for release of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). He questioned if the EIRis proposed to be a project or program level analysis of the reasonable alternatives and urgedthe Authority or testifiers to clarify to the CPUC that waiting until the EIR is complete to releasea decision, is unreasonable. He then questioned the availability for watching the CPUChearings over the internet.Dale Heikus spoke in support of Mr. Rowley’s comments. He then expressed frustration aboutthe lack of detail in Cal Am’s report and requested a deadline for each of the conditions to bemet. With no further requests to speak, Chair Burnett closed public comment and responded toquestions raised.Legal Counsel Freeman confirmed that the EIR is supposed to address the alternatives at theproject level. Member Narigi suggested that the agenda reflect a difference between a completeupdate and a status update regarding the MPWSP and the members agreed.2. Review and Discuss Cal Am Draft Request For Qualification for Design-Build Services forDesalination Facilities (Svinland/Bowie).Executive Director Reichmuth introduced the item and indicated that the final Request forQualifications (RFQ) is posted on the websitewww.mprwa.org. then indicated that theGovernance Committee generated twelve suggested modifications to the draft RFQ and allwere adopted and reflected in the final version. He reported that the objective of the RFQ is tonarrow the prospective firms from eight to four. The final Request for Proposal (RFP) will allowa winning firm to be selected. Mr. Reichmuth discussed the suggested changes.Chair Burnett requested that the TAC review the draft Request for Proposals prior to distributionto be able to make comments and recommendations to the Authority Directors. He outlined theschedule for the RFQ as listed below:
Released to the public April 12, 2013
Written questions must be submitted by April 15, 2013
Answers to questions will be made available April 19, 2013
Response proposals due May 1, 2013
Decision on the short list of firms by May 31, 2013
Request for Proposals will be released June 17, 2013
Expected Culmination of Final Award Date, November 2013
MPRWA TAC Minutes Monday, April 1, 20133Chair Burnett opened the item for public comment and had no requests to speak.Member Seigfried commented on specific points for the record. He questioned the assumptionthat Cal Am is the appropriate entity to return desalinated water to the Salinas Valley, butindicated it should be done by which process is the cheapest. He commented about pastdiscussions of a portfolio approach for the power supply and how the RFQ is written as aneither/or approach instead of augmenting the grid opportunities. Lastly, he expressed concernthere is a lack of flexibility to include expansion and contraction of modules in the plant toaccommodate the changes in development of flows. Chair Burnett clarified the GovernanceCommittee is working with Cal Am to enhance the reliability and a portfolio approach withregard to electricity.Member Riedl expressed concerns that the RFQ is too specific about the plant design andprocesses and suggested the design build team should be on board prior to finalizing thedesign. He also expressed concerns that there was no consideration of performance criteriaversus specific items and also questioned the post treatment process. Lastly, he suggestedconsidering distribution of the RFQ through professional journals as local distribution is limited.Ms Bowie acknowledged that it will also be published in trade publications as well as distributedto any firm that has made contact with Cal Am.TAC discussed the design build firm details needed in the contract, the testing that should bedone before and after the contract, and the completion of the EIR. Member Israel encouragedcomplete analysis of the test wells to fully understand the intake source. Lastly Chair Burnettconfirmed if the design build team would be regulated to design within the parameters of EIR sothere would be no revisions to the EIR.Chair Burnett opened the item to public comment again and had no requests to speak.Executive Director Reichmuth said that concerns expressed today will likely be address to theRFP and the RFQ is adequate to determine the prospective firms. He indicated he will agendizethe draft RFP prior to distribution for discussion and making recommendations.3. Discuss Formation of Coalition for Salt Management Issues in Waste Discharges and Impactson Ground Water Replenishment (Reichmuth)Executive Director Reichmuth spoke to the handouts provided focused on the issue of saltmanagement. He identified a recently formed coalition that has been meeting on this topicwhich includs various local agencies, hospitality businesses, and agricultural representatives.He then spoke to the importance of limiting the amount of salt in waste discharges to ensurethe treated discharges remain a viable solution for Ground Water Replenishment (GWR) andagricultural uses. He then indicated most of the salt comes from water softening equipment andthe coalition is trying to identify the best practices to manage the discharges and salt in wastewater discharges is currently increasing. In the future, the Coalition will begin discussing waysto remediate the increase.Member Israel spoke to the item and questioned the quality of the water which will be comingfrom Monterey Peninsula Water supply project indicating desires that it be as good or betterthan the current quality. Member Huss spoke to the good work that the MRWPCA does to keep

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