Monterey County Water Resources Agency - 3-004.06 SALINAS VALLEY - PASO ROBLES AREA

Monterey County Water Resources Agency - 3-004.06 SALINAS VALLEY - PASO ROBLES AREA

A. Applicant Information

Requesting Agency Information
Agency Name: Monterey County Water Resources Agency
Address: 893 Blanco Circle
City: Salinas Zip: 93901
Work Phone: (831) 755-4860 Cell Phone:
Email: johnsonr@co.monterey.ca.us Fax:
Revision Request Manager Information
Person Name: Robert Johnson
Address: 893 Blanco Circle
City: Salinas Zip: 93901
Work Phone: (831) 755-4860 Cell Phone:
Email: johnsonr@co.monterey.ca.us Fax:
 

B. Description of Proposed Boundary Modification

  1. A jurisdictional basin subdivision of the Paso Robles Area Subbasin at the Monterey County line.
    • Jurisdiction Subdivision
  2. This request proposes to subdivide the Paso Robles Area Subbasin of the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin along the Monterey County line. This jurisdictional basin boundary revision will improve the likelihood of sustainable groundwater management by allowing each County to separate peripheral, county-specific, issues from the implementation of the SGMA.
    • 3-004.06 SALINAS VALLEY - PASO ROBLES AREA
  3. North Paso Robles Area subbasin

C. Initial Notification and Combination of Requests

  1. Yes
    Local Agency Potential Basin(s)/Subbasin(s)
    Templeton Community Services District 3-004.06 SALINAS VALLEY - PASO ROBLES AREA
    Heritage Ranch Community Service District 3-004.06 SALINAS VALLEY - PASO ROBLES AREA
    Monterey County Water Resources Agency 3-004.06 SALINAS VALLEY - PASO ROBLES AREA
    3-004.05 SALINAS VALLEY - UPPER VALLEY AQUIFER , 3-004.06 SALINAS VALLEY - PASO ROBLES AREA
    3-004.06 SALINAS VALLEY - PASO ROBLES AREA
  2. No

D. Required Documents for All Modifications

The Monterey County Water Resources Agency has determined that this basin boundary modification request does not constitute a project under CEQA and will not have a direct physical change on the environment.

E. General Information

The proposed Paso Robles Area Subbasin is bordered on the north by the Upper Valley Aquifer Subbasin, on the east by the Temblor Range, on the west by the Santa Lucia Range, and the southern boundary of the basin will coincide with the Monterey County line.

F. Notice and Consultation

A list of stakeholders within the Paso Robles Area Subbasin was obtained from staff at the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works. The list, which had been compiled for the purposes of identifying GSA-eligible entities, included local agencies, water corporations regulated by the PUC, mutual water companies, and public water systems, among others. The Monterey County Water Resources Agency used this list to identify interested parties and affected agencies/systems for notification of basin boundary modification activities.
A letter was mailed to local agencies, water corporations, mutual water companies, and public water systems on March 31, 2016. Verbal communications with staff from San Luis Obispo County also occurred on multiple occasions in the preceding months.
The proposed basin boundary modification was discussed at four public meetings: two meetings of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors (February 23 and March 22, 2016); one meeting of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency Board of Directors (February 29, 2016); and one meeting of the Basin Management Planning Committee of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency Board of Directors (March 9, 2016).

G. General Existing Groundwater Management

All requests for jurisdictional modification pursuant to Section 342.4 MUST include responses to the following questions.
Sustainable groundwater management can be achieved by implementing activities and projects that maintain and improve groundwater levels, including but not limited to: reducing groundwater pumping; increasing overall water supply; increasing water reuse or recycled water supply; protecting and increasing groundwater recharge; and, limiting future increases in groundwater pumping. Sustainable groundwater management can also be achieved by protecting water quality in the confined aquifer by ensuring proper construction of groundwater wells. Protection of adverse impacts to surface water will involve monitoring river stage and unconfined aquifers near the Salinas River and evaluating the potential impact of agricultural return flows on groundwater quality.
The proposed boundary modification will allow the GSA within each county to design and implement projects on a scale that is appropriate for the size of the subbasin, while still maintaining a level of coordination between the basins. Having slightly smaller subbasins that are contained within one county will enhance opportunities for stakeholder involvement, allowing the GSA to obtain input for sustainable groundwater management objectives and facilitating communication between the GSA and local communities, which will be essential for implementing sustainable groundwater management.
Groundwater level monitoring within the proposed basin has a long history, which will continue in both the unconfined and confined aquifer systems. The Bradley and North Gabilan Subareas of the Paso Robles Area Subbasin lie within the proposed North Paso Robles Area Subbasin. Groundwater levels in the Bradley Subarea do not indicate substantial declines. Maintaining high groundwater levels in this area will involve continued monitoring and reporting and possibly considerations to reestablish a cloud seeding program in the area. Within the North Gabilan Subarea, there is limited groundwater level data, but no groundwater problems or issues have been identified in the subarea. Continued monitoring and reporting on groundwater levels in this area will help to inform sustainable management.
Reporting for CASGEM is not expected to be impacted. Currently, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency reports CASGEM data for the Monterey County portion of the Paso Robles Area Subbasin; reporting for the remainder of the subbasin is covered by the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District. Since this boundary modification will subdivide the Paso Robles Area subbasin along the County line, monitoring and reporting for CASGEM will continue as it has in the past.

H. Local Support

All requests for boundary modification must include the following:
To date, no agencies have submitted comments or documents.
To date, no agencies have submitted comments or documents.
To date, no agencies have submitted comments or documents.

I. Hydrogeologic Conceptual Model

Requests for boundary modification, must include a document or text to a clearly defined hydrogeologic conceptual model demonstrating each of the following:

L. Technical Studies for All Jurisdictional Modifications

Requests for a jurisdictional boundary must attach or provide a URL or upload a file for the following:
The GSA for the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin, which will include the North Paso Robles Area Subbasin, will coordinate sustainable groundwater management activities with whichever entity becomes the GSA for the portion of the Paso Robles Area that lies within San Luis Obispo County.

M. Technical Studies for Jurisdictional Subdivision Modifications

Requests for jurisdictional subdivisions must include a document that describes the historical and current groundwater conditions and coordination within the existing basin or subbasin related to the following, where applicable:
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