Monterey County Chapter


CalAm Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Supply Project

Water is an important issue in Monterey County, and your local Surfrider chapter is busy making sure the proposed desalination plant doesn’t hurt our marine environment or coastline.

What is the CalAm Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Supply Project (MPRWSP)?

The CalAm MPRWSP is a proposed project that would use desalination to provide water to the cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City, and Seaside, and the unincorporated areas of Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach, and the Del Monte Forest. Infrastructure and facilities that would be constructed include:

  • Sub-surface seawater intake system (slant wells)
  • 9.6 million gallon per day (mgd) reverse osmosis desalination plant
  • Desalinated water storage and conveyance facilities
  • Expanded Aquifer Storage and Recovery System

How can I learn more?

The joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) commissioned by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and NOAA was released on January 13, 2017. You can download the full report from The Executive Summary in Part 1 summarizes the project and the findings of the EIR/EIS.

Surfrider has previously published a white paper and a blog post on desalination in California.

What’s happening now, and how can I get involved?

NOAA is the lead agency which will ulitmately grant or deny CalAm a permit for this project. The public is encouraged to attend meetings and provide comments through February 27, 2016.

Public meeting dates and locations:

  • Wednesday February 15, 2017, 11 am-1 pm
    Marina Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 188 Seaside Ave., Marina
  • Wednesday February 15, 2017, 6-8 pm
    Oldemeyer Center, Seaside Room, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside
  • Thursday, February 16, 4-8 pm
    Sunset Center, Carpenter Hall, San Carlos Street, Carmel

How and where to provide comments:

  • Electronically: Go to the download page for the EIR/EIS and click Comment Now!
  • By mail: MBNMS Project Lead for CalAm Desalination Project,
    99 Pacific Ave, BLDG 455a, Monterey, CA 93940