Special Meeting/Board Workshop on Aquifer Storage and Recovery
Board of Directors
Monterey Peninsula Water Management District
January 25, 2006
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
The meeting was called to order at 7 PM in the Boardroom of the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency.
Judi Lehman, Vice Chair – Division 2
Kristi Markey – Division 3
Larry Foy – Division 5
David Pendergrass – Mayoral Representative
General Manager present: David A. Berger
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
No comments were directed to the Board during Oral Communications.
REPORT ON JANUARY 25, 2006, 5:30 PM CLOSED SESSION
District Counsel Laredo reported that he provided an update to the Board on the five items of existing litigation listed on the agenda. No reportable action was taken. The Board directed District Counsel and the General Manager to contact parties to the litigation and schedule a meeting as soon as practicable to discuss the proposed Watermaster board. The Directors also discussed renewal of the General Manager’s employment agreement. That item will be considered by the Board in open session at an upcoming meeting.
Following the presentation and discussion of this topic, the Board asked staff to develop a timetable and cost estimate for accelerating development of the Phase 1 ASR Project, and present that information for the FY 2006-2007 Budget planning effort. The Board also expressed support for District staff working with the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency on ASR.
The District’s Water Resources Manager,
The Notice of Preparation for the ASR Environmental
Impact Report lists the amount of water that could be diverted from the
According to District Counsel Laredo, the January 12,
2006 Tentative Decision in the Seaside Basin Adjudication lawsuit stated that
the MPWMD has authority to develop water resources within its boundaries. The District can store water for the benefit
of the District in the Basin, and in “subterranean reservoirs.” The District is not required to get approval
for the proposed ASR projects from the Watermaster. The role of the Watermaster is to manage
existing production from the
The Board discussed the issue of granting water rights to Cal Am in the ASR Management and Operations Agreement. The following comments were made by the Directors: (1) The MOA should state that Cal Am cannot sell the water right. (2) The water rights issue should be removed from the agreement. (4) Cal Am requires that we give away our water right in order to finalize the agreement. We are not negotiating correctly. I don’t think Cal Am will stall this agreement much longer, especially in light of the tentative decision in the adjudication lawsuit. (5) This agreement requires that the water right be shared. It could enable the District to get a permanent permit to conduct ASR. (6) Giving away a public asset to Cal Am is absurd. (7) We should move forward and negotiate with the intention of licensing the water right.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
The following comments were directed to the Board
during the public comment period on this item.
(1) John Fischer, resident of
The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.
David A. Berger, Secretary to the Board