Local Businesses, Community Leaders, Environmental Groups and Others Respond to Completion of Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project Demand

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Earlier this month, the application for the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project was deemed complete, and the project will go to a vote at the California Coastal Commission meeting as early as November 2022. The project, which would create and develop three water supplies for the Monterey Peninsula to reduce regional demand on groundwater and the Carmel River, has won broad community support.

Here is what local organizations and community leaders are saying about it:

“On the Monterey Peninsula, we have been dedicated to conservation for years and have been largely successful in those efforts,” said John Tilley, president of the Monterey Commercial Property Owners Association. “But given the severity of the California drought, increasing seawater intrusion and the limitations of the Carmel River, we did what we could with the resources in the area. Harsh rationing is the next step and will negatively impact the lives of people who depend on a functioning local economy. We need the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project to support the future of our community.

“We are all aware of the challenges the hospitality industry has faced during the pandemic. But here on the Monterey Peninsula, we face another challenge and the dire consequences of a water shortage that disproportionately affects our region,” said Gary Cursio, Director of Government Affairs, Monterey County Hospitality. Association. “As businesses slowly recover, we need to ensure there is a reliable source of water to support our local economy.”

“For years, the Monterey Peninsula has been under a strict construction moratorium due to a severe water shortage,” said Paul Bruno, chief financial officer of Monterey Peninsula Engineering. “The result has been a lack of affordable housing for the community and a long and expensive commute for those working in the area. The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project will infuse the county with a new water supply and allow construction to begin, ensuring people can once again work and live on the peninsula.

“The community of Castroville has been hardest hit, facing a drinking water crisis due to seawater intrusion, which disproportionately affects low-wage workers and communities of color,” said said Cosme Padilla, Castroville community advocate. “The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project will provide critical water resources throughout the region and has created the Customer Assistance Program to help offset any new costs for those who need it most. ”

“The Carmel River needs help, and the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project will do just that,” said Abbie Beane, executive director of the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy and Lorin Letendre, president of the Carmel River. Watershed Conservancy, in a joint statement. “The project will protect the Carmel River and critical habitats for endangered species that depend on the watershed for their survival. This project not only provides water to the community, but also saves valuable resources on the Monterey Peninsula. »

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