Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project News
California American (Cal-Am) Water Environmental Impact Report
After more than three years of extensive analysis, the California Public Utilities Commission released its draft Environmental Impact Report on California American Water’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.
The CPUC’s report examines California American Water’s proposed project, which includes a seawater desalination facility located in north Marina. The report also examines alternatives to the proposed project and identifies the potential environmental impacts associated with each. In its analysis, the report selects the company’s proposed project as the environmentally preferred method of addressing the area’s water supply challenges.
This report was performed in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The act compels state and local agencies to identify significant environmental impacts of most major projects and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.
MPWSP DEIR Comment Period Extended to September 30, 2015
The Energy Division is extending the comment period on the MPWSP Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Comments on the DEIR have addressed issues about potential conflicts of interest access to ground water modelling and data; and the advisability of joint state/federal environmental review. In light of these issues. the comment period is being extended until Wednesday. September 30, 2015.
Comments are now due by close of business on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
Written comments should be addressed to:
Mary Jo Borak. CPUC
550 Kearny Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94108
Comments can be sent:
By Fax: 415-896-0332 or by email
Copies of the DEIR are also available for public review at the following locations:
Castroville Public Library, 11160 Speegle St., Castroville
Marina Public Library, 188 Seaside Avenue, Seaside
CSUMB Library, 100 Campus Center, Seaside
Seaside Public Library, 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside
Carmel Valley Public Library, 65 W Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
Salinas, Buena Vista Public Library, 18250 Tara Dr., Salinas
Salinas John Steinbeck Library, 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas
City of Marina Community Development Department, 209 Cypress Avenue, Marina
City of Seaside Community Development Division, 440 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside
Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, 5 Harris Court, Monterey
Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, 5 Harris Court, Monterey
The final EIR is scheduled for release in October 2015.