“An advisory committee on Thursday gave the green light to county water officials to request from the state an extension to develop new water projects, a milestone required to keep a key Salinas River water right from being revoked by the state.
From the Monterey Herald in a commentary by Bob McKenzie and Dale Ellis, consultants to the Coalition of Peninsula Businesses:
“On July 31, 2013, the Peninsula took a major step forward in the battle to solve our water crisis.
“On that day, many parties, including the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, Cal Am, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and the Coalition of Peninsula Businesses, signed two settlement agreements that resolve some major issues confronting Cal Am’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.”
“Ron Cohen, the emerging leader of the latest effort to buy out California American Water’s local water system, says he has always avoided politics despite a family history steeped in public affairs. …
“Until now. He says he is motivated by Cal Am’s unfair monopoly of the Monterey Peninsula’s water supply and its failure to properly manage it and secure a new water source.”
From the California Farm Bureau Federation Ag Alert weekly newspaper:
“To increase understanding of groundwater quality and how Central Coast aquifers work, farmers and ranchers in four counties have formed a coalition for cooperative well-water testing to share costs and reporting requirements.
“Cambria’s 6,200 residents are at risk of running out of water before there’s sufficient rainfall to refill area creeks and aquifers, services district directors were told at a special meeting Monday. …
“The board set a special public hearing for Sept. 20 to discuss and take action on possible fixes.”
“Attorneys for both sides are claiming victory after an appeals court ruled that a successful challenge to the failed regional desalination project’s environmental review was no longer relevant.
“In a ruling issued Monday [August 26], the Sixth District Court of Appeal found the Marina Coast Water District’s appeal of a decision by a Monterey County judge that the project’s EIR was inadequate is ‘moot,’ or irrelevant, because both sides agree the project is essentially dead.”
“A Tuesday night presentation on one of the three key desalination projects moving forward on the Monterey Peninsula highlights what all the proposals’ proponents understand: They must pass muster with agriculture concerns in the Salinas Valley.
“A couple of dozen growers and agri-business representatives listened to a presentation Tuesday night at Braga Ranch in Soledad advocating for the People’s Moss Landing Desalination Project, which, along with DeepWater Desal and California American Water Co.’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, is vyi
“On Tuesday [August 27], the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has an opportunity to prevent further decline of the Paso Robles groundwater basin by adopting temporary land use restrictions.”
“San Juan Capistrano is objecting to a judge’s ruling that the city’s tiered water-rate system is illegal.
“In a four-page document filed Wednesday, a lawyer for the city says Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Munoz erred when ruling that the rates approved by the City Council in February 2010 are not based on the cost of providing water service.”
“In exchange for dropping a challenge to a key Salinas Valley water right, state regulators have issued a set of requirements the Monterey County Water Resources Agency must meet in order to stay in regulators’ good graces.”