COUNCIL CHAMBERS FEW MEMORIAL HALL MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA Members Present: Members Absent: Staff Present: CALL TO ORDER Chair Burnett called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. ROLL CALL PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE REPORTS FROM TAC MEMBERS Chair Burnett invited reports from TAC Members and had no requests to speak. PUBLIC COMMENTS Chair Burnett opened public comment for items not on the agenda and had no requests to speak. AGENDA ITEMS 1. Receive and Discuss Presentation from Cal Am Representative Regarding Compliance Status With 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 a status update on progress Cal Am is making toward achieving the conditions of approval. Cal Am Representative Catherine Bowie reported there has been no notable progress since the last Authority meeting. She informed the TAC that the California Public Utilities Commission evidentiary hearings are taking place and Cal Am is presenting its case with experts. The following week the intervening parties will testify and many of the adopted conditions of support will be the topic of testimony and cross examination. Ms. Bowie then reported that a meeting coordinating all federal agency permits took place, orchestrated by Congressman Farr. The Federal agencies expressed technical and process concerns but no decisions were made and there will be a follow up meeting in the future. Ms. Bowie then answered questions from the Burnett, Huss, Israel, Narigi, Riedl, Siegfried, Riley, Stoldt Legal Counsel, Executive Director, Clerk


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Chair Burnett requested that Member Huss meet with stake holders in the Salinas Valley Water Coalition and report back to the TAC at the April 15, 2013 meeting. Member Huss questioned if Cal Am had addressed the Testimony of Hydrologist Tim Durbin to which Ms. Bowie responded that he will be a witness called during testimony at the CPUC evidentiary hearing. Mr. Huss questioned 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 item for public comment. Tom Rowley, representing the Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association, spoke about former Carmel Councilman Jim Wright then expressed concern about the upcoming CPUC hearings and the timeline for release of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). He questioned if the EIR is proposed to be a project or program level analysis of the reasonable alternatives and urged the Authority or testifiers to clarify to the CPUC that waiting until the EIR is complete to release a decision, is unreasonable. He then questioned the availability for watching the CPUC hearings over the internet. Dale Heikus spoke in support of Mr. Rowley’s comments. He then expressed frustration about the lack of detail in Cal Am’s report and requested a deadline for each of the conditions to be met. With no further requests to speak, Chair Burnett closed public comment and responded to questions raised. Legal Counsel Freeman confirmed that the EIR is supposed to address the alternatives at the project level. Member Narigi suggested that the agenda reflect a difference between a complete update 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 for Desalination Facilities (Svinland/Bowie). Executive Director Reichmuth introduced the item and indicated that the final Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is posted on the website www.mprwa.org. then indicated that the Governance Committee generated twelve suggested modifications to the draft RFQ and all were adopted and reflected in the final version. He reported that the objective of the RFQ is to narrow the prospective firms from eight to four. The final Request for Proposal (RFP) will allow a 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 distribution to be able to make comments and recommendations to the Authority Directors. He outlined the schedule 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



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Chair 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 assumption that Cal Am is the appropriate entity to return desalinated water to the Salinas Valley, but indicated it should be done by which process is the cheapest. He commented about past discussions of a portfolio approach for the power supply and how the RFQ is written as an either/or approach instead of augmenting the grid opportunities. Lastly, he expressed concern there is a lack of flexibility to include expansion and contraction of modules in the plant to accommodate the changes in development of flows. Chair Burnett clarified the Governance Committee is working with Cal Am to enhance the reliability and a portfolio approach with regard to electricity. Member Riedl expressed concerns that the RFQ is too specific about the plant design and processes and suggested the design build team should be on board prior to finalizing the design. He also expressed concerns that there was no consideration of performance criteria versus specific items and also questioned the post treatment process. Lastly, he suggested considering 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 distributed to any firm that has made contact with Cal Am. TAC discussed the design build firm details needed in the contract, the testing that should be done before and after the contract, and the completion of the EIR. Member Israel encouraged complete analysis of the test wells to fully understand the intake source. Lastly Chair Burnett confirmed if the design build team would be regulated to design within the parameters of EIR so there 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 the RFP and the RFQ is adequate to determine the prospective firms. He indicated he will agendize the draft RFP prior to distribution for discussion and making recommendations. 3. Discuss Formation of Coalition for Salt Management Issues in Waste Discharges and Impacts on Ground Water Replenishment (Reichmuth) Executive Director Reichmuth spoke to the handouts provided focused on the issue of salt management. He identified a recently formed coalition that has been meeting on this topic which 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 ensure the treated discharges remain a viable solution for Ground Water Replenishment (GWR) and agricultural uses. He then indicated most of the salt comes from water softening equipment and the coalition is trying to identify the best practices to manage the discharges and salt in waste water discharges is currently increasing. In the future, the Coalition will begin discussing ways to remediate the increase. Member Israel spoke to the item and questioned the quality of the water which will be coming from Monterey Peninsula Water supply project indicating desires that it be as good or better than the current quality. Member Huss spoke to the good work that the MRWPCA does to keep 3


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water quality stable and acceptable and spoke to the different chemicals that are of concern in the water and which ones affect the agriculture. Member Narigi indicated that most hotels have a sizable water softening system. Member Seigfried spoke to the fact that salt is an essential plant nutrient and should not be wasted on water softening. He spoke to other softening technologies available that operate on operation sensors rather than time to decrease the amount of sodium in the waste water stream. He suggested encouraging local agencies to subsidize replacing water softeners as a way to cut the amount of sodium going into the waste stream. Chair Burnett questioned what steps should be taken to reduce the need for softeners. Member Riedl spoke to the reason softeners are desired, that Calcium is added as a way to increase alkalinity in the water, and the concentration of calcium contributes to the harness and shows up as mineral deposits. The desalination facility is proposing to add calcium as a corrosion inhibitor, therefore home owners and business owners will pull it out. Member Israel spoke to the fact that softeners are detrimental to water heaters. He responded to Chair Burnett’s questions that there are many complexities, including that it would be hard to get a ban on softeners, so education and incentives are necessary. Chair Burnett opened the item for public comment and had no requests to speak. Chair Burnett thanked the TAC for the discussion and Mr. Reichmuth for brining this to the attention of the Authority. He requested agendizing further discussion by the TAC when it would be appropriate to take before the Directors. Member Narigi questioned the purpose of the coalition. Executive Director Reichmuth indicated he envisions a series of priorities including a public outreach campaign, public awareness, advocacy for certain types of iron exchange systems, potassium versus sodium, outreach and discussion of public health issues, environmental, health and agricultural issues with hard water. The coalition will be looking for highly effective, low cost solutions and reviewing different approaches for common goal. Member Riedl suggested adding the Marina Coast Water District to the coalition for synergy. ADJOURNMENT With no further business to come before the TAC, Chair Burnett adjourned the meeting at 3:45 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Lesley Milton, Authority Clerk

Jason Burnett, MPRWA TAC Chair


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