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We Need a Water Supply Backup Plan!

Cal Am’s desal faces serious, insurmountable legal challenges. If Cal Am loses in court there is no back up plan to provide water to the Peninsula or to meet the CDO deadline. The expansion of the Pure Water Monterey Project is the clear solution. And it would cost $38 million, compared to $320 million for Cal Am’s desal.

This summer Pure Water Monterey will begin delivering 3,500 acre-feet of water annually. This innovative project can be expanded to deliver another 2,250 acre feet. That expansion is a sound alternative that would provide all the water the Peninsula needs for years to come. Read the recent Herald article on Pure Water Monterey HERE.

Why is Cal Am’s desal project in trouble?

Can Cal Am STEAL Marina’s Groundwater?
Hear what expert water rights lawyer Marc Del Piero has to say. WATCH THE VIDEO.

The inconvenient truth about Cal Am’s proposed desal project is that it has no water rights to the source water to feed its desal plant. This is an issue because Cal Am plans to draw, NOT ocean water, but brackish water from Marina’s groundwater. Can Cal Am legally take Marina’s groundwater? Ultimately, a court will have to decide this, not the CPUC or the State Water Board.

Marc Del Piero is a recognized water rights attorney and expert on Water Rights Law in California. He is a former member of the State Water Resources Control Board (1992-1999), and a former adjunct professor of Water Law at Santa Clara University.

How Would Cal Am’s Desal Harm Marina’s Water Supply? Hear what Keith Van Der Maaten, General Manager of the Marina Coast Water District has to say. WATCH THE VIDEO.

With a buyout of Cal Am in our future, we all need to understand the problems that Cal Am’s proposed desal plant faces and how they would affect both Marina and the Peninsula.

Keith Van Der Maaten, General Manager of Marina Coast Water District, explains what’s at stake for Marina. He reviews the Stanford AEM study that predicts harm to Marina’s water supply as a result of Cal Am’s slant wells. The CPUC refused to consider Marina’s concerns, which were backed by this study, when they issued the permit to Cal Am. Marina is now challenging that permit in the California Supreme Court.

These videos were recorded at the January 30, 2019 forum co-sponsored by Citizens for Just Water, Public Water Now and the Marina Democratic Club. I hope you will take the time to watch them.

Melodie Chrislock
PWN Managing Director

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