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.