California American Water has released an appraisal indicating its Monterey district is worth an estimated $1.044 billion as of the end of June, essentially setting the company’s own perceived value of the local system subject to a public buyout effort.
After six and a half years of review, the state Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a permit for California American Water’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, including a North Marina desalination plant.
On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission has the opportunity to grant final approval of an ocean desalination project that, when completed, will solve the Monterey Peninsula’s water woes. But more significantly, it will also serve as a working model of desalination done right.
A Houston-based pipeline firm has been found guilty of criminal charges that it knowingly caused or should have known it was causing a catastrophic oil spill off Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County in 2015, killing marine mammals and sea life.
In a 148-page intended decision, [Monterey County Superior Court] Judge Thomas Wills found that the 18-lot Encina Hills project backed by heirs to James Bond movie producer Albert Broccoli’s fortune on a 344-acre site off San Benancio Road relied on a draft environmental impact report so flawed, particularly with regard to water supply analysis, that it ran afoul of the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and boosting reserves.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Russell Brutsché:
Responding to public invitation, I attended the recent meetings of our newly-formed Water Supply Advisory Committee. I was impressed by the hard work of these volunteers, and came away with several questions in my mind.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Cuca Hepburn:
Through no choice of my own I am a customer of Soquel Creek Water District. My simple belief is that if we face “20 years of rationing” then leaders of the district have mismanaged our water resources for at least 20 years.
Top Monterey County officials met in early 2011 to discuss ways to dump the Marina Coast Water District from the regional desalination project, raising questions about the county’s efforts to make the three-pronged project partnership work and potentially affecting civil litigation aimed at unraveling the failed proposal.
If the Salinas Valley moves into a fourth year of drought, issues surrounding water are likely to get very, very complicated, an attorney explained to growers and students Thursday at an agricultural technology “clinic” in Greenfield.
A bill to help streamline a project to connect Lake San Antonio and Lake Nacimiento with an underground pipeline has passed out of a key state Senate committee. Assembly Bill 155, authored by Salinas Assemblyman Luis Alejo, cleared the Local Government and Finance Committee with bipartisan support, Alejo’s office said Wednesday in a news release.
“When Pat and Donna Downey of Denver arrived at their vacation rental house overlooking the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, they were greeted with a welcoming note from the property owner that urged them to conserve water.”