The Cambrian

Water alternatives meeting Tuesday

T he Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors will hold a special water alternatives workshop meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

Directors need to decide which proposed water-supply projects should be studied in depth for federal- and state-level reports on environmental impacts.

At a workshop Aug. 9, district directors selected two potential projects. Those are, essentially, treating brackish water drawn from beneath district property near San Simeon Creek, or storing excess winter water in Whale Rock Reservoir and retrieving it during the dry season.

District Engineer Bob Gresens told directors Aug. 23 that the Army Corps of Engineers wants detailed investigations on as many as four project concepts, along with the required “no project” alternative.

He also said previous project and operation cost estimates would be revised to reflect the board’s desire to reduce the capacity of whatever project is ultimately selected. The most recent benchmark had been set at up to 400 acre feet a year, but earlier this year, directors reduced the top cap to 250 acre feet annually.

The district used 618.9 acre feet in 2010. Its water managment plan projects that it will use 740 acre feet in 2015.

—Kathe Tanner