CItizens for Just Water attended last weeks hearing as one of the 27 parties to the proceeding. We were able to voice our concerns about the narrow review of feasibility about this ill-conceived project for 3 minutes to the 5 commissioners. Although this is a miserly amount of time to address all of the complexity of the project, we focused on the omission of a fair evaluation of our community values and needs, and the inherent environmental injustice of siting this project in our water supply. We asked that they deny the Certificate of Convenience and Public Necessity (CPCN) because the CPUC has failed to protect the water supply of a diverse, low-income community. We added our support to expansion of the Pure Water Monterey recycled water project by Monterey One Water.
Here are some agreements that were stated by several of the parties that oppose approval of this project:
1. Postpone approving the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for Cal Am’s proposed desal plant.
2. Expand Pure Water Monterey to provide water sooner and at a lower cost than the Desal plant to peninsula users.
Further, MCWD wants the CPUC to:
3. Order a complete review of groundwater rights by the California State Water Resources Control Board regarding the take of water from the Salinas Valley by CalAm's project where it has no water rights.
4. Include the geophysical information developed by Stanford University in the current EIR.
5. Order the proposed Cal Am desalination project to find a different source of feedwater.