Monterey County Farm Bureau

Local Water Resource Management

Monterey County Water Resources Agency – MCWRA

MCWRA manages, protects, and enhances the quantity and quality of water and provides specified flood control services for present and future generations of Monterey County.

View their website here.

Board Members, terms, and who they represent can be viewed here.

Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

California American Water – Peninsula Water Supply Project (desalination and groundwater recharge):

Farm Bureau actively monitors this project and the on-going process; call our office for more details.  Additional details can be found here.

IRWMP - Integrated Regional Water Management Plan

This process is on-going and we will post more information as available.

New requests for project funding are now under consideration and will be made public later in 2015.

Many were quick to declare in early 2017 that the drought was over for California, after significant rain storm events throughout the state.  The snowpack in the Sierras is considerably higher than normal averages, and all around the state reservoirs are filled to capacity or getting there.

So why not declare the drought over?  Simple.  We are not storing any of this additional water and most of the snowpack will melt and be washed out to sea because no new additional surface or groundwater storage has been built during the drought years.

Proposition 1 Bond funds, passed by the voters some years back, are still not committed to any large surface water storage facilities.  Studies are underway, as they have been for nearly a decade now, but we are no closer to additonal storage capacity than when the drought started in 2012.

California needs to manage its water resources in a more comprenhensive manner and move forward with the additional storage projects that will allow the low points of drought to be managed with more supply.