April 1, 2015
Airport expansion project gone awry or Aztec-inspired sacrificial?
The mayors of the Monterey Peninsula admitted today that the mammoth cinder block monument rising menacingly skyward along the side of Highway 68 is not really related to airport expansion, but is instead a modern sacrificial meant to propitiate the gods of the State Water Resources Control Board. Read the rest of this entry »
April 22, 2010
The Carmel River meets the ocean
A Santa Clara County judge today removed the temporary injunction, imposed last November by a Monterey County judge, and allowed the much-feared Cease and Desist Order (limiting Cal-Am’s ability to pump from the Carmel River) to go into effect. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »