Regional Supply Plan


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Read the meeting notes while looking at the latest presentation to take in the concepts and conversation about the regional supply plan.

Introduction to the Regional Plan Technical Work Group Progress
From February through the end of May 2007, members of the Potable and Non Potable Work Groups contributed valuable information on water supply planning estimates for the future. Please refer to the materials in the Meetings section for this information. In June 2007 the Regional Plan Technical Work Group embarked on the most significant phase of its planning work: putting together a phased, implementable, acceptable, and affordable regional water plan. The Division of Ratepayer Advocates of the California Public Utilities Commission continues their commitment to the regional process and are most interested in identifying more favorable financial and economic project alternatives to the Coastal Water Project as proposed. Some of the agencies currently forming the Monterey Regional Water Solutions Leadership Task Force contributed the services of some technical experts to assist the Regional Plan Technical Work Group in putting together this plan. The plan's criteria included exhibiting financial and economic advantages for Cal Am ratepayers and serving the broader economic and environmental needs that are based on reliable water supplies in the Monterey area.

The intent behind the collaborative effort has been to find advantages over the Coastal Water Project by looking for regional solutions that included a diverse group of beneficiaries, not just Cal Am ratepayers. The Regional Plan Technical Work Group now has an integrated regional draft plan comprised of project components that have been discussed by our agency participants. The Regional Plenary Oversight Group has assured that the plan is likely to supply water in a way that is acceptable to the community, implementable, sustainable, and affordable. The regional plan needed to be phased with easier projects and programs coming first and more difficult and complicated components coming in later phases. This approach allows the community to decide when to implement later phases, how much water is needed to meet the community's needs based on the General Plan, and what approach or technology makes the most sense at the time. The regional plan now contains a diverse group of components: conservation, stormwater reuse, water recycling, surface and groundwater conjunctive management, and brackish groundwater treatment. The draft plan aims to access multiple benefits for the project investment. The Regional Plenary Oversight Group recognizes that it is critical to the successful implementation of the regional plan to work with the leaders in the forming Monterey Regional Water Solutions Leadership Task Force, inform and involve the public, and continue meetings of regionally-minded professionals to continue forward momentum with water supply planning once the DRA led meetings are concluded.

July 2007
A Monterey Regional Plan Work Group meeting was held on July 18, 2007 at the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency Executive Offices. Click here for the meeting agenda. The participants were made aware of the goal to accomplish a great deal of meaningful work over the next few months. That work is outlined in the document entitled "Overview of Planning Process 6-21-07". Meeting participants received copies of the documents from the REPOG meetings in May and June (see the Documents section for more detail) as well as the presentation delivered by Lyndel Melton and Stephanie Hughes of RMC Water and the Environment. This presentation was based on the "Monterey Regional Water Plan of Study, Draft 5-25-07," which embodies a basis for the planning criteria that the Regional Plan Working Group have agreed to. The "Overview" document identifies additional opportunities during the technical work group meetings to add detail and analytical depth to the more general criteria illustrated in the "Plan of Study, Draft 5-25-07."

August 2007

A Monterey Regional Plan Work Group meeting was held on August 22, 2007 at the UC MBEST Center in Marina. Click here for the meeting agenda. The participants discussed the first draft of the evaluative work presented by Lyndel Melton and Stephanie Hughes of RMC Water and Environment. Click here for the presentation. The following matrices were evaluated: one containinginformation regarding water supply projects that have been proposed, the component evaluation (in which each project was individually evaluated based on the criteria discussed at the meeting July 18th) and the programmatic evaluation (where two supply scenarios were analyzed: 12,500 AFY and 19,400 AFY). After a rich discussion, the Monterey Regional Plan Work Group helped the UCSC Study Team, Mr. Melton and Ms. Hughes prepare for policy level discussion at the REPOG meeting convened on August 29, 2007.

September 2007
September 19th the Monterey Regional Plan Work Group meeting was held at the UC MBEST Center in Marina. Click here for the meeting agenda and here for the presentation. Led by Lyndel Melton and Steve Kasower, the group narrowed its focus to selected alternatives based on the planning and evaluation criteria established through the Regional Plenary Oversight Group process. The participants discussed the phased projects which include conservation, stormwater use, water recycling, conjunctive groundwater management, brackish desalination, and river water management. Presenters discussed how to integrate these features such that the investment serves more than a single objective or results in a single benefit. Group members approved of the work accomplished and launched into a discussion of evaluating these projects and facilitating their ownership and sponsorship by the agencies participating in our regional dialogue process.

October/November 2007
During the months of October and November Steve Kasower, Senior Research Economist of the UCSC Study Team, met with the general managers of water agencies to negotiate aspects of the regional water supply strategy. The next step is to build political support for the regional water supply projects. The strategy will be presented to the political leaders who are a part of the newly-formed Monterey Bay Leadership Task Force at their first meeting when the Memorandum of Understanding has been signed. For more information about this policy level water supply planning activity please contact the Monterey Water Pollution Control Agency, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, or the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District or read the materials posted in our "Notices" page. 

December 2007
Further refinement of the regional plan has been completed. During the December 18th REPOG meeting, Mr. Melton and Mr. Kasower discussed the ideas in this presentation "Monterey Regional Water Supply Program" with participants.

The process of developing the regional water supply strategy to solve regulatory issues and address projected water demands in communities in the Monterey region is on-going. Please check back frequently for updates on the regional water supply projects that are currently being discussed among interested parties. 

The Study Team was directed by members of the plenary oversight group to begin to develop the technical plan of study and identify funding sources.  The Study Team has met with agency managers who have expressed interest in participating in the study.  The Study Team is poised to receive its financial commitment for the amount needed to do the next level of regional planning analysis. The next step is to reach out to political leaders throughout Monterey County in the cities, on regional boards, among different representatives to discuss the opportunity that is presented with the Coastal Water Project's EIR Schedule to invest now to save money in the long run for Monterey County residents.

As of March 31, 2009, the Center is no longer facilitating the dialogues. More information is available about the continuing process, however, at