Application for a Temporary Permit to Appropriate Water from the Carmel River


SCH Number
Public Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
Application for a Temporary Permit to Appropriate Water from the Carmel River
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
MPWMD proposes to directly divert water at a maximum rate of 3.5 cubic feet per second (cfs) with an annual limit of 650 acre-feet (af) of water for injection into the Seaside groundwater basin using the Santa Margarita Test Injection Well, Paso Robles Test Injection Well, and the Ord Grove #1 Well. The diversion season is 180 days from the date of permit approval (estimated to be December 5, 2005 through June 3, 2006). MPWMD plans to use diversion, treatment, and transmission facilities, owned by the California-American Water Company (Cal-Am), to transport water from the Carmel River to the three injection wells. The existing diversion facilities include 19 wells located within the four sub-aquifers of the Carmel River. This project does not involve new construction or development of water diversion facilities. The purpose of use is the continuation of a conjunctive use pilot study to evaluate the feasibility of injecting, storing and later extracting water from underground storage in the Seaside groundwater basin. In addition to groundwater recharge, water will be used for municipal purposes within the boundaries of the MPWMD.

Contact Information

Megan Sheely
Agency Name
State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Section 15262
Reasons for Exemption
1. The project involves only feasibility or planning studies. 2. The project does not involve the adoption of a plan that will have a legally binding effect on later activities. 3. Environmental factors have been taken into consideration and the project will have a less-than-significant effect on the environment. 4. Specific mitigation measures will be included as permit terms in the Permit issued by the State Water Board, under the State Water Board's public trust authority. 5. Prior to commencement of operations pursuant to the temporary permit authorized by this order, permittee shall obtain any take permits or authorizations required by the California Department of Fish and Game, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the NOAA Fisheries (formerly National Fisheries Service) under the California Endangered Species Act and the Federal Endangered Species Act. Permittee shall inquire of the above agencies to ascertain the applicable requirements for the project authorized under this permit.

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