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Resource Issues: Summary of Desalination Projects Within MBNMS

Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project - #NOAA-NOS-2016-0156


  Description: California American Water Company (CalAm), the project applicant, proposes to construct and operate a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination facility project (Project) in Monterey County, California. The permit review process will be conducted concurrently with a public process conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). NOAA is soliciting information and comments on the range of issues and the significant issues to be analyzed in depth related to the Project proposed within MBNMS boundaries.
   
  Project Leads: MBNMS - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Lead Agency
for issuance of required authorizations to allow discharge into MBNMS waters and drilling into and disturbance of submerged lands in MBNMS.

California Public Utilities Commission - California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Lead Agency
for issuance of the primary local permits and CEQA environmental clearances
   
  Documents:
   
    For greater detail, please visit this page


Monterey Bay Regional Water Project - #NOAA-NOS-2015-0069


  Description: DeepWater Desal, LLC (DeepWater), the project applicant, proposes to construct and operate a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination facility and colocated seawater-cooled 150-megawatt computer data center campus project (Project) at Moss Landing, Monterey County, California. The permit review process will be conducted concurrently with a public process conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). NOAA is soliciting information and comments on the range and significance of issues related to the Project proposed within MBNMS boundaries.
   
  Project Leads: MBNMS - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Lead Agency
for issuance of required authorizations to allow discharge into MBNMS waters and drilling into and disturbance of submerged lands in MBNMS.

California State Lands Commission - California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Lead Agency
for issuance of the primary local permits and CEQA environmental clearances
   
  Documents:
   
    For greater detail, please visit this page


CalAm Test Slant Well - #NOAA-NOS-2014-0078


  Description: California American Water (CalAm), the project applicant, proposes development of a slant test well, which would extend diagonally under the floor of the Pacific Ocean and into submerged lands of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) through the Dune Sand Aquifer, Salinas Valley Aquitard (if present in the project area), and 180-Foot Aquifer or its equivalent unit at this location (referred to herein as the 180-FTE). The slant test well is proposed for information gathering purposes. It will operate as a test facility for a temporary period (maximum 24-month pumping period) to provide field data concerning the geologic, hydrogeologic, and water quality characteristics of the project site. The overall project, including construction and decommissioning activities, is expected to take no longer than 3 years.
   
  Project Leads: MBNMS - National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Lead Agency
for issuance of required authorizations to allow discharge into MBNMS waters and drilling into and disturbance of submerged lands in MBNMS.

City of Marina - California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Lead Agency
for issuance of the primary local permits and CEQA environmental clearances
   
  Documents:
     
URL: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/resourcepro/resmanissues/desal-projects.html    Reviewed: March 01, 2017
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