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CCSD to weigh well next move

The Cambria Community Services District wants to do tests to find out if it can get enough seawater from under-beach wells south of the mouth of Santa Rosa Creek, above, to supply a proposed desalination plant. Testing would involve drilling up to 10 test holes with a diameter of 4 to 6 inches in the beach above the high-tide line and away from the creek. Up to three of those holes would be made into test wells. District directors are expected to discuss today an environmental review that says the testing would have no significant effect on the environment. The photo was taken in October 2006.
The Cambria Community Services District wants to do tests to find out if it can get enough seawater from under-beach wells south of the mouth of Santa Rosa Creek, above, to supply a proposed desalination plant. Testing would involve drilling up to 10 test holes with a diameter of 4 to 6 inches in the beach above the high-tide line and away from the creek. Up to three of those holes would be made into test wells. District directors are expected to discuss today an environmental review that says the testing would have no significant effect on the environment. The photo was taken in October 2006. CAMBRIAN FILE PHOTO BY JOE JOHNSTON

The public and public agencies have sent more than 100 pages of comments about the Cambria Community Services District’s proposed determination that water-supply tests beneath the beach near Shamel Park won’t have any significant effect on the environment. District directors are scheduled to consider adopting the environmental report at its monthly meeting today, but district staff is recommending that the decision be postponed.

It has taken a long time to research and respond to those comments, according to Greg Sanders, president of the district board, which is why staff is recommending another delay.

“There are a number of possible outcomes” from the meeting, Sanders said. “We just don’t know which one will be approved. It’s up to the board in a public meeting to figure it all out.”

He declined to give a list of options.

Board Vice President Muril Clift said that among the choices are likely to be:











The $733,000 testing project to be done by the Army Corps of Engineers is designed to prove if desalination- plant pumps could pull enough seawater from under the sandy shoreline near the mouth of Santa Rosa Creek to supply the proposed desalination plant, which would likely be located elsewhere, possibly near San Simeon Creek east of San Simeon Creek Campground.

Plans for the tests involve taking up to 10 core samples near Shamel Park and the Santa Rosa Creek beach, which are, respectively, county and state park areas. Up to three of the core-sample sites would be converted into monitoring test wells for a period not to exceed two years.

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