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SALINAS RIVER WATER DIVERSION PERMIT 07/12/13 0900 av

MONTEREY COUNTY IS EXPECTED TO BE USING LESS WATER UNDER A NEW AGREEMENT APPROVED THIS WEEK.   THE PROPOSED PLAN WOULD GIVE UP ABOUT 20-PERCENT OF AVAILABLE WATER FROM THE SALINAS RIVER WATER USE-PERMIT AND WOULD ALSO COMMIT TO A TIMELINE FOR USING THE WATER AS PART OF A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH STATE WATER BOARD REPRESENTATIVES.  THE REVISED PERMIT WOULD ALLOW UP TO 135-THOUSAND ACRE-FEET OF WATER PER-YEAR TO BE DIVERTED IN FIGHTING SEAWATER INTRUSION.  THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT IS REQUIRED TO BEGIN BY JULY 2014 WITH CONSTRUCTION ENDING AND RIVER WATER DIVERSION BEGINNING BY MID-2026.  NEXT STEPS WILL BE DETERMINED DURING THE AGENCY’S FOLLOW UP MEETING ON JULY 18TH.

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