Monterey Peninsula Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) Project

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT SCOPING MEETING
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Oldemeyer Center, Seaside 6:00 ‐ 8:00 PM

Agenda
1) Introductions 2) Overview of Groundwater  Replenishment Project 3) Overview of CEQA / Scoping  Requirements 4) EIR Environmental Issues / Topics 5) Agency and Public Comments

GWR CEQA & Technical Teams
Lead Agency   Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency Project Partner Agency Monterey Peninsula Water Management District CEQA Consultants Denise Duffy & Associates, Inc. (EIR consultants) Valerie Young, AICP (CEQA Oversight) Perkins Coie LLP (CEQA Attorney) Technical Consultants Treatment design and technology,  hydrogeology/groundwater, regulatory specialists, funding  and feasibility studies, civil engineering, noise, air quality,  cultural resources, public health, biologists, hydrologists,  wetland scientists

GWR CEQA Process
Lead Agency EIR Determination
Notice of Preparation /Scoping
30-day NOP Comment Period (through July 2, 2013)

Today
Draft EIR

45-day Public Review Period (Winter 2014))

Final EIR
Review of Final EIR (Summer 2014)

EIR Certification/ Project Approval

Summer 2014

GWR Overview
To produce and deliver 3,500 AFY high quality  treated water for replenishment of the Seaside  Basin to reduce Cal‐Am diversions from the Carmel  River alluvial aquifer. Facilities would include: • Source Water Conveyance Facilities • Treatment Facilities • Product Water Conveyance Facilities • Replenishment/Recharge Facilities

About MRWPCA
• • • • Operates the regional wastewater treatment plant Maintains 25 wastewater pump stations  Manages the water recycling facility Operates the distribution system that provides  irrigation water to 12,000 acres of farmland. 

The agency serves Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific  Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside, Boronda,  Castroville, Moss Landing, Fort Ord, Monterey  County, and Marina.

Project Location Overview

Seaside Groundwater Basin

State and Judicial Orders Reduce  Cal‐Am Water Supply
• State Water Resources Control Board Order No.  WR 95‐10 found Cal‐Am was diverting more  Carmel River water than allowed. • Cease and Desist Order (CDO) follows that  requires new water supply by the end of 2016. • Seaside Basin Adjudication in 2006 found basin  overdraft may result in seawater intrusion;  requires reduction in pumping. 

GWR Relationship to Monterey  Peninsula Water Supply Project
• Can provide part of the replacement water  needed for Cal‐Am for CDO and Adjudication.  • Primary goal is to produce 3,500 AFY to  reduce Cal‐Am’s Carmel River diversions. • Independent project; can be implemented  with or without Monterey Peninsula Water  Supply Project, but if built reduces the size of  the desalination plant needed.

Primary Project Objectives
Replenish the Seaside Basin with 3,500 AFY of high  quality water that would replace a portion of Cal‐Am’s  water supply by meeting the following objectives: • Commence operation, or be substantially complete,  by end of 2016 or, if after 2016, no later than  necessary to meet Cal‐Am’s replacement water  needs; • Be cost‐effective and capable of supplying  reasonably‐priced water; and • Comply with applicable water quality regulations  intended to protect public health.

Secondary Project Objectives
• Assist in preventing seawater intrusion in  Seaside Basin; • Diversify region’s water supply portfolio; and • Provide additional water for crop irrigation  through the Salinas Valley Reclamation Project  and Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project  system.

Overview of GWR Facilities
• Source Water Conveyance Facilities:  pipelines/pump stations to convey source water to  treatment facilities,  • Treatment Facilities:  pretreatment facilities, a new  Advanced Water Treatment Plant at the existing  WWTP, • Product Water Conveyance Facilities: to convey  water to the Seaside Basin, and  • Replenishment/Recharge Facilities:  pipelines,  deep and shallow (vadose zone) injection wells,  and backflush facilities at coast and/or inland  within Seaside Basin.

Source Water Collection
A combination of the following will be processed by  the Advanced Water Treatment Plant:  • City of Salinas Treatment Plant water • Blanco Drain water • Storm water collection systems of the City of  Salinas and other MRWPCA member entities • Reclamation Ditch water • Secondary or tertiary effluent from the Regional  Treatment Plant

Source Water Collection
Salinas Blanco Drain

Existing Salinas Pump Station

Storm water outfall

Salinas Treatment Plant and Ponds

Salinas Treatment Plant Ponds

Blanco Drain

Salinas Storm Water Outfall

Salinas Pump Station

Reclamation Ditch

GWR Treatment Plant Site

Advanced Treatment Pre-treatment

Bob

Product Water Conveyance 

OPTION 2: Follows MPWSP Route OPTION 1: Follows Recycled Water Route

GWR Recharge Concept Schematic

California Environmental Quality  Act Purpose
CEQA Guidelines §15002(a)

• Inform decision‐making  • Prevent significant damage to  environment • Public disclosure

Environmental Impact Report  Purpose 
CEQA Guidelines §15121

• Disclose the environmental effects  of a proposed project  • Identify mitigation measures to  avoid, reduce, minimize significant  environmental effects • Evaluate reasonable alternatives

Key Topics in EIR
• • • • • • Surface Water Hydrology/Quality Groundwater Hydrology/Quality Water Supply Quality/Public Health Construction vs. Operational Impacts Direct and Indirect Adverse Impacts Other CEQA‐required issues

Purpose of Meeting: Define  Scope/Content of EIR
• Verbal comments and comment cards accepted  after presentation tonight • Please follow‐up with written comments today  or through July 2nd at 5:00 PM. • EIR scope /content may be modified per  comments • All comments to be assembled in scoping  memo and addressed in EIR

GWR CEQA Process
Lead Agency EIR Determination
Notice of Preparation /Scoping
30-day NOP Comment Period (through July 2, 2013)

Today
Draft EIR

45-day Public Review Period (Winter 2014))

Final EIR
Review of Final EIR (Summer 2014)

EIR Certification/ Project Approval

Summer 2014

For More Information
Monterey Peninsula Water Pollution  Control Agency’s  Groundwater Replenishment  Website:
http://www.mpwaterreplenishment.org/

Comments on Scope of EIR
Please provide comments that focus on the scope  and content of the EIR. Comments Due:  5:00 pm on July 2, 2013
Ways to comment: 1. provide verbal comments tonight, 2. transmit tonight on comment cards, or 3. send to Bob Holden at: gwr@mrwpca.com or 5 Harris Court, Bldg D Monterey, CA 93940

Public Comments

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