The long-awaited reports mark a major milestone in the project’s development
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Efforts to solve the Monterey Peninsula’s water crisis took a major step
forward after the California Public Utilities Commission and the
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary released their joint
environmental report for California American Water’s proposed seawater
desalination project. The desalination is one of three major components
of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.
The 1,000-plus page report based on years of research was released in
compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the
National Environmental Policy Act, each which mandated analysis of the
environmental impacts of the Water Supply Project’s desalination
component. The issuance of this document marks a significant milestone
in the project as the public will finally have access to a
comprehensive, scientific and independent analysis of the project’s key
“The public finally has a definitive report by both state and federal
agencies that provides comprehensive analysis on critical issues based
on scientific evidence and expert review,” California American Water
President Rich Svindland said. “This is a major step forward in securing
our water future. I’d like to thank the California Public Utilities
Commission as well as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for
their work in providing these extensive reports.”
The report includes analysis on the following topics:
Project effects on the surrounding environment.
The need for a new water supply.
Alternative water projects.
Proposed projects with the least environmental impact.
Both reports are available on the project’s website at www.watersupplyproject.org/eir.
The National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental
Quality Act are statutes that require federal, state and local agencies
to identify significant environmental impacts of certain projects and
ways to mitigate or avoid those impacts prior to permitting.
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary was the lead federal agency
under NEPA, and the California Public Utilities Commission was the lead
state agency under CEQA.
The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project is designed to meet the
Monterey Peninsula’s water demands in a manner that is both sustainable
and permanent. The project consists of three main components:
DESALINATION – Seawater will be drawn from the ocean through slant wells
drilled near the tide line. The seawater will be filtered down through
the ocean floor, then collected through slant wells and piped to a
desalination treatment plant to be constructed near the Monterey One
Water Regional Treatment Plant. At the plant, the seawater will be put
through various treatment processes, including reverse osmosis, to
remove all impurities. The salt concentrate that is removed will be
blended with other treated effluent and returned to the ocean through
the existing outfall from the Monterey One Water’s regional treatment
AQUIFER, STORAGE, RECOVERY – Already underway as a partnership program
between California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water
Management District, ASR takes winter flows from the Carmel River and
injects them into the natural underground Seaside Aquifer for use during
the dry summer months. To protect wildlife, diverting water to the
aquifer is only allowable under high river flow conditions. In average
rain years, ASR will be able to supply 8.5 percent of our community’s
water needs. The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project will expand
this program to meet its full supply potential and also allow excess
desalinated water generated in wetter months to be stored in the Seaside
Basin for use in drier years.
PURE WATER MONTEREY – As part of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply
Project, California American Water will purchase water from Pure Water
Monterey, a highly-treated recycled water project being advanced by the
Monterey One Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District.
For more information on Pure Water Monterey, visit purewatermonterey.org.
Also included in the project are 30 miles of pipeline to deliver water
from Marina to the Monterey Peninsula, storage tanks, and pump stations.
California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK),
provides high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to more
than 690,000 people.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean,
affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we
keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com
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