Water Forum Looks at Supply Alternatives
March 15, 2012
A public forum on the local water-supply crisis drew a crowd of several hundred to Seaside's Oldemeyer Center last night.
After hearing an overview of the options from California American Water Engineering Director Richard Svinland, participants split into breakout groups looking at the leading alternatives: groundwater replenishment, expanded aquifer storage and recovery, The People's Moss Landing Water Desal Project, and Deep Water Desal.
Many notable names in local water politics attended, including County Supervisor Dave Potter, the forum's organizer; Pacific Grove Mayor Carmelita Garcia, who is challenging Potter in June; Seaside Mayor Felix Bachofner; Water Management District attorney Dave Laredo; People's Project booster Nader Agha; Carmel Mayor Sue McCloud and Carmel Councilman Jason Burnett, who is running for mayor in April.
The forum was hosted by Cal Am, Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency and the new Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, a joint powers authority composed of the six Peninsula mayors.
Notably absent were the Monterey County Water Resources Agency and the Marina Coast Water District, which had partnered with Cal Am on the now-defunct Regional Desalination Project.
MCWRA Interim General Manager Dave Chardovayne has said his agency won’t be party to a new water-supply project, but is available to facilitate and tend to mission-related details like well-water testing.