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TAC MPRWA Draft Minutes 08-19-13

TAC MPRWA Draft Minutes 08-19-13

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Technical Advisory Committee of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority
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M I N U T E SMONTEREY PENINSULA WATER AUTHORITY (MPRWA)TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC)Regular Meeting2:00 PM, Monday, August 19, 2013COUNCIL CHAMBER580 PACIFIC STREETMONTEREY, CALIFORNIAMembers Present:
Huss, Israel, Narigi, Riedl, Riley, Stoldt, Burnett,
Members Absent:
None
Staff Present:
Legal Counsel, Executive Director, Clerk
 CALL TO ORDER
Chair Burnett called the meeting to order at 2:03 p.m.
ROLL CALLPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEREPORTS FROM TAC MEMBERS
Executive Director Cullem reported on the Authority field trip to the Poseidon desalinationfacility in San Diego, CA and indicated future tours are possible if other members areinterested. Member Israel indicated he would be attending a conference in Southern Californiaand anticipates attending a presentation from Poseidon.Chair Burnett reported on meetings with the Coastal Commission and thanked all partiesinvolved for their efforts during the California Public Utilities Commission settlement agreement.He then reported that commissioners from the CPUC were in Carmel and met with staff todiscuss water issues.
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Tom Rowley spoke expressing concern there were no written reports to coincide with theagenda and then spoke about the topic of public outreach discussed at the Director’s meeting.He requested that the Authority improve efforts at communicating a complete background ofwhy our community is in this situation, educating about the whole scope of the potential impactsif we don’t have water and clarifying that there are no easy solutions.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
1. July 15, 2013
Action: Approved 
On motion, the TAC approved the Minutes of July 15, 2013 as presented. 6-0-0-1 Riley Abstained.
 
MPRWA TAC Minutes Monday, August 19, 20132
AGENDA ITEMS
2. Discuss and Make Recommendations Regarding Public Funding Opportunities
Action: Received Report and Discussed 
TAC Member Stoldt presented the report noting this was an informational item. He walked theTAC members through a series of handouts detailed public funding opportunities for waterprojects. Opportunities included State Revolving Loans, Safe Drinking Water Revolving Fundand Proposition13 planning grants and loans. He indicated the projects that would be mostbeneficial would be the bi-annual state water bond, as well as Propositions 50 and 84 monies,some of which is awarded based on geographic region. Member Stoldt answered questionsfrom the TAC.The item was opened for public comment. Nelson Vega requested clarification for what projectsare eligible for specific bond monies and if there were any for desal specifically. Having nofurther requests to speak, public comment was closed. Member Stoldt spoke to Mr. Vega’squestion, indicating the water is split for allocation for different types of water projects. Regionalmonies are supposed to be distributed to the region, which there will always be, and thedesignations are not known for the additional categories at this time.The TAC discussed ways the Authority and local agencies could leverage efforts tocommunicate the community needs at the state level. The TAC agreed this item should berevisited, put on the priority list and recommended that the Authority assist with lobbying forstate funds.3. Discuss and Provide Recommendations Regarding Progress of the Ground WaterReplenishment Project
Action: Received Update and Discussed 
TAC Member Israel reported as General Manager of the Monterey Regional Water PollutionControl Agency to provided an update on the Ground Water Replenishment project proposedby the MRWPCA. He spoke to the progress of the project in terms of technical activities, CEQAfeasibility studies, outreach activities including source water tours, policy activities and otherupcoming activities. He listed and spoke to three potential sources of water and a potentialcollaborative effort with the Marina Coast Water District. He reported that the feasibility study,is being finalized for release in the near future. The TAC discussed the proposed GWRschedule and any potential slippage. Mr. Israel noted the goal is to have an operation facilitywithin 1.5 years after proposal is accepted.Mr. Israel outlined the following upcoming activities:
Meet with CPUC environmental consultants to coordinate CEQA
Facilitate Additional source water meeting tours
Consider bids for leased equipment for pilot treatment testing
Develop proposed project definition through ac opponent screening analysis.

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