Presented by Bruce Delgado, Kathy Biala and Tom Moore
Thursday, June 21 at 7:00pm
MIIS, Irvine Auditorium
499 Pierce St., Monterey
If you thought Cal Am’s proposed desal project would take water from the ocean, you may be surprised. Instead Cal Am plans to draw brackish water from Marina’s groundwater. Marina has a big problem with this. They claim Cal Am’s desal feeder wells will damage their groundwater and produce further seawater intrusion. Marina’s claim is backed by science from Stanford University.
Cal Am has no water rights to Marina’s groundwater. Marina will not likely be bullied into submission on this issue. Litigation looks inevitable. This is a David and Goliath battle. The threat to Marina’s water supply and its future are serious. What are they supposed to do?
But here’s why you should care if you are a Cal Am customer on the Peninsula. You are already paying for the most expensive water in the country. Desal water is expensive to begin with, but Cal Am’s scheme to pump water from Marina’s groundwater will lead to extreme costs, far beyond typical desal water costs. Litigation will likely cause further delays and once again Cal Am customers on the Peninsula will face the ongoing problem of no new water supply.
Get the whole story from presenters Bruce Delgado, Mayor of Marina, Kathy Biala, Just Water (Marina citizens advocacy group for water justice) and Tom Moore, President, Marina Coast Water District Board of Directors.
Cal Am is spending millions of YOUR dollars on this desalination project. Know what you are paying for. Join us to hear what the future consequences for all of us will be.
PWN Forums are Free and Open to the Public.
If you missed our last forum - you can get a recap of the event on YouTube. Folks can still send comments to the CPUC and the MBNMS about this project - the agencies just won't be required to respond during the review period.
Mark Your Calendar for a discussion on the MPWSP
Announcing Two FREE Public Forums about Cal-Am's Slant Well project on the CEMEX Property
Join us for a discussion on the MPWSP EIR
• Flaws of the Cal-Am Slant Well Project at CEMEX site
• Dr. Knight’s final groundwater survey results
• How Marina and MCWD will challenge this project
Wednesday, April 11
Marina City Hall at 211 Hillcrest Ave
Tuesday, April 17
Marina Library at 190 Seaside Circle
The Slant Well Desalination project on the CEMEX property is closing in on approvals. It will unfairly harm ground water resources and the public water agency in Marina, and raise water rates for all.
The Public Comment period ends April 19!
Come find out What You Can Do!
Final EIR/EIS has been released
Just a heads up that the joint "Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project" has been released.
Many have received a mailer recently on this very same subject. This is the last chance that the public can comment on a very flawed project. Public comments close on April 19th - this is a very short window.
Why is it important to comment? From here, should this project get the green light, any public comments become part of the public record. Our voices need to be heard; that it is an injustice to allow a for profit company to take our water, that this project has no cost ceiling or accountability for salt water intrusion damages to the aquifer, that there are other solutions that will provide water sooner and at a lower cost.
Water "at any cost" is not a regional solution.
Link to Final EIR/EIS and Appendices for online review
CD's can be requested by emailing MPWSP-EIR@esassoc.com
Lead agencies have hard copies in their offices for review.
Paul Michel, Superintendent & NEPA Lead
Monterey Bay National Marina Sanctuary
Pacific Street, Bldg 455a
Monterey, CA 93940
John Forsythe, Sr. Environmental Planner & CEQA Lead
California Public Utilities Commission
c/o Environmental Science Associates
550 Kearny Steet, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94108
Everyone, tonight I just witnessed our City Council in a courageous and surprise move to protect Marina’s water! They voted unanimously to submit an application to become a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for the 180/400 foot aquifer that lies beneath the Cemex plant where the proposed Cal-Am slant wells are to be built (areas not within MCWD’s water jurisdiction). The agricultural interests expressed strong opposition to the City’s motion, but Bruce Delgado so articulately said that Marina was not part of the decision-making that would take our water and give it all to the Peninsula. He said if the reverse were true, i.e. that Marina decided to take Carmel’s water, this would never be permitted! Marina is left with all the harms while Cal-Am reaps all the benefits and we have to do however much it takes to save our water supply. Gail Morton’s incisive comments deflated the attempt to position the City’s action as not collaborative; the offer for the City to be on the Salinas Valley Groundwater GSA’s “advisory committee” is hardly a genuine gesture to rectify the city’s lack of true representation! We should all be proud that our local city government is standing up to forces that clearly intend to take advantage of us!
If you would like to view the Council Meeting AMP has posted the entirety here. Discussion of the GSA begins at 16.43.