Why the Monterey Peninsula Hasn’t Been Able to Solve its Water Problems

February 7, 2012

The Monterey Peninsula and the ocean: “Water, water every where, Nor any drop to drink.

As everyone knows, the Monterey Peninsula has been trying and failing for decades to agree on and build a water project that will “solve” the Peninsula’s water problems. With the latest plan – the Regional Desal Plant – having lost all four wheels and gone over the rail on the first turn, we think it’s time to take a look at the fundamental difference of opinion – the political divide – that has thus far made progress impossible. Read the rest of this entry »


Desal Agreement Makes Chumps of Monterey Peninsula Ratepayers

April 6, 2010

The Monterey Peninsula: “Water, water every where, Nor any drop to drink.”

When a deal to finance and run a major water project is worked out in secret and only revealed to the public two days before Easter weekend, with the Board of Supervisors scheduled to approve it the following Tuesday (i.e. today), you can pretty much bet that someone is getting a bad deal. Read the rest of this entry »


Order WR 2009-0060: State Water Board Cracks Down on Cal-Am’s Carmel River Water Addiction

November 3, 2009

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The Carmel River

A few weeks ago, Monterey Peninsula residents were treated to an unusual spectacle as much of the local business and political leadership boarded busses for Sacramento for a humiliating session of begging and pleading with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). Read the rest of this entry »


Enforcing Order 95-10

January 31, 2008

Mayors and other Monterey Peninsula notables have had their knickers in a twist ever since the news broke two weeks ago that the State Water Resources Control Board is considering actually enforcing their Order 95-10. What’s the big deal? Well, Order 95-10 decrees that our friendly water company, Cal-Am, has the right to pump only 3,376 acre feet per year of water from Carmel Valley – the source of most of the Monterey Peninsula’s water. Last year Cal-Am kept water in Peninsula taps by pumping 11,285 acre feet. Complying with Order 95-10 would thus mean a 70% cutback in Carmel Valley pumping and, obviously, require some pretty hefty cutbacks in water use by Monterey Peninsula residents and businesses.

So where did this Order 95-10 come from, how come it’s never been enforced, and why has the SWRCB suddenly gotten interested in enforcing it now? Read the rest of this entry »