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Basin Management Plan Update


Since its formation in 1984, the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency has developed and updated a Basin Management Plan (BMP) several times. A BMP is a plan that provides a framework of projects and programs that contribute to the efficient and economical management of existing and supplemental water supplies. The goal being to aid the Agency’s work to prevent further increases in and continued reduction of long-term overdraft and to ensure sufficient water supplies for present and projected needs in the Pajaro Valley.

The first BMP and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was adopted by the PVWMA Board of Directors in 1993. In 1999 a Local Water Supply Projects EIR was developed. In 2002, a revised BMP was adopted by the Board that focused on two local water supply projects and two imported water supply projects. Constructed facilities resulting from BMP efforts include the Harkins Slough Managed Aquifer Recharge and Recovery Facility (2002), the Water Recycling Facility (2009), an underground distribution pipeline twenty miles long called the Coastal Distribution System (2009), blending wells and a connection to the City of Watsonville's potable water supply as an additional blend source. In 2012, over 3,500 AF of irrigation water was delivered to coastal ranches.

In 2010, the Board established the Ad Hoc BMP Committee, composed of three Board members and 18 stakeholders, to update the BMP. The Ad Hoc BMP Committee was tasked with bridging the gap between the community and the PVWMA by finding solutions that are initiated by those who will benefit and are financially responsible for their support. The Ad Hoc BMP Committee has also served as an advisory committee to the PVWMA Board so that Board decisions are fully informed, affected by and guided by the community’s interests.

Meetings & Materials

Information regarding the Ad Hoc BMP Committee and BMP development can be found on the Ad Hoc BMP Committee web page.

Event / Meeting


Materials / Presentations

Basin Management Plan Update - Public Review Draft

January 16, 2013

BMP (41MBs)

Environmental Impact Report Notice of Preparation Distributed

(The 30-day public scoping period began on February 8, 2013 and ended at 5 PM on March 11, 2013)

February 7, 2013

Notice of Preparation

EIR Public Scoping Meeting

February 27, 2013


Meeting Summary

List of Meeting Attendees

End of Public Scoping Period

March 11, 2013

Notice of Preparation

Release of Public Review Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

(The public review period began on October 18, 2013 and closes at 5 PM on December 2, 2013)

October 18, 2013

Notice of Availability

Draft EIR (100 MBs)

EIR Appendix (11 MBs)

EIR Presentation to Board of Directors

October 23, 2013


Board of Directors extends Draft EIR comment period through 5 PM on December 9, 2013.

November 20, 2013

NOA Extension

Release of Final Basin Management Plan Update, Final Environmental Impact Report Notice of Availability, Final Environmental Impact Report, and Mitigation Monitoring & Reporting Program (MMRP)

February 28, 2014

Final BMP Update(47 MBs)


Final EIR (20 MBs)


Resolution 2014-04 Certifying the Final EIR & Notice(s) of Determination




April 2014

Resolution 2014-04

Monterey County

San Benito County

Santa Cruz County

 Integrated and Certified EIR for the BMP Update 2014

August 2014 Integrated EIR for BMP Update 2014(112 MB)

Basin Management Plan - Implementation Strategy

September 2016

Link to BMP-Implementation Strategy

College Lake Community Meeting

September 29, 2016

Postcard Invitation

Meeting Agenda

Presentation 1: Basin Management Update - Lockwood

Presentation 2: Hydrologic Monitoring Update - Barker

Presentation 3: Waterfowl- Kittleson

Request for Proposal to Provide Program Management Services

Anticipated Schedule

RFP Issued:                                                          October 21, 2016

Proposals Due:                                                   November 22, 2016
Conduct Interviews:                                            December 16, 19, & 20, 2016
Notify Selected Team:                                        January 13, 2017
Board Considers Approval of Contract:              February 22, 2017

Request for Statement of Qualifications to Provide Outreach Services

Anticipated Schedule

Request for SOQ Issued - Thursday, March 16, 2017
Pre-Proposal Meeting - March 28, 2017, 10 AM, 500 Clearwater Lane
Deadline to Submit Questions - Friday, March 31, 2017
De a line to Submit SOQ - Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Shortlist and Notifications for Interviews - Week of April 10, 2017
Interviews and Selection - Week of May 1, 2017
Contract Negotiations and Notice to Proceed - Week of May 15, 2017


October 21, 2016

Request for Proposals Package

RFP Clarifications

BMP-Implementation Strategy

Facilities Planning Report

Facilities Planning Memo: Disinfection

Facilities Planning Memo: Filtration

Proposal Received:

Carollo Engineers in association with ESA

Request for Statement of Qualifications Package

Pre-Proposal Meeting Presentation

Notice of Preparation for Proposed College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project

Comments on the Notice of Preparation need to be received by January 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM

We have created a project specitific webpage for the College Lake Project, click here.


Published: November 28, 2017

Notice of Preparation

Notice of Preparation for Watsonville Slough System Manage Aquifer Recharge and Recovery Projects

Notice of Preparation public comment period closes July 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Scoping Meeting will be held on June 12, 2019 in Community Room B at the City of Watsonville Civic Plaza, 275 Main Street, 4th Floor, Watsonville, CA 95076 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM

Published May 31, 2019

Notice of Preparation

NOP Presentation

BMP Projects and Programs

The projects and programs listed below were recommended by the Ad Hoc BMP Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. These projects and programs are detailed in the 2012 BMP Update Public Review Draft.

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