Stakeholder Groups, California American Water, and Castroville Community Services
District Negotiate Terms for Desalination Project Return Water
Lawyers for the Salinas Valley Water Coalition, Monterey County Farm Bureau, LandWatch Monterey County, and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority agreed on a draft term sheet with California American Water and the Castroville Community Services District that would dedicate a portion of the water produced by the proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project desalination facility to serve the water-challenged community of Castroville in North Monterey County.
“This proposal could constitute a significant win for stakeholders concerned that any groundwater drawn by the project’s intake wells stays within the Salinas River Groundwater Basin into the future,” said California American Water president Robert MacLean. “The terms also represent a win for the people and water needs of Castroville and the Monterey Peninsula.” Wells serving Castroville are being threatenedby salt water intrusion as a result of decades ofexcessive upstream pumping. Read more