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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) held its monthly Board and committee meetings on October 7-8, 2019.  At these meetings, the MWD Board:


·         Inducted two new board members.  The Natural Resources Defense Council Director of California Water Conservation and Efficiency, Tracy Quinn, was seated on the Board. She was nominated by Mayor Eric Garcetti to represent the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on the MWD Board.  Quinn succeeds Mark Gold who served as a MWD Director since April 2016.  City of Glendale Councilmember, Vartan Gharpetian, was seated on the Board to represent Glendale.  Gharpetian replaces Zareh Sinanyan, who represented Glendale on the MWD Board since December 2016.


·         Heard an update on the Colorado River water year 2018/19.  This was the second wettest year since 1999, and the inflow into Lake Powell was 120 percent of average, causing an increase in storage in the lake by 2.24 million acre-feet.  Lake Mead increased by 391 thousand acre-feet, which allowed the lake to reach the highest level since 2013. Despite the increases, both Arizona and Nevada will need to leave water in Lake Mead this year to adhere to the provisions of the recently adopted Drought Contingency Plan.  In other updates on the Colorado River, the Six Agency Committee partners approved an agreement with other states to explore desalination on the Sonoran Coast in Mexico.


·         Awarded $594,480 contract to Kaveh Engineering & Construction, Inc., for rehabilitation of Service Connection A-06 on the East Orange Feeder No. 2.  The East Orange County Feeder No. 2 originates at the Diemer Water Treatment Plant, and there are 16 service connections to MWD member agencies in Orange County on this 25 mile feeder.  Gradual corrosion from over 50 years of operation in a damp underground environment has led to deterioration of the valves, venturi meter, and associated equipment.  The design, which began in 2017, is now complete and the construction contract is ready to proceed.


·         Approved an annexation into MWD and Western Municipal Water Districts service areas. The parcel of land is located in the city of Murrieta at Nutmeg Street and Jackson Avenue.  The development plan for the parcel is to construct the Pars Global Murrieta Self-Storage project.  The area within the annexation will be served by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.  The charge for this annexation is $24,845.56 and the projected water demand is 5.6 acre-feet per year.


·         Authorized on-call agreements with Arcadis U.S., Inc., HDR Inc., and Tetra Tech, Inc., in amounts not-to-exceed $1 million per year each, for a maximum of five years, for engineering services to support Board-authorized Capital Investment Plan projects.  Three new professional services agreements will provide engineering support for capital projects.  The agreements are the on-call type, which are typically used by MWD for shorter-term assignments, urgent projects, and projects with specialized technical needs.


·         Authorized an increase of $700,000 to an agreement with IBI Group, for a new not-to-exceed total of $2,445,000 for design services for MWD Headquarters Building improvements.  The amendment is to an existing agreement with IBI Group for specialized technical services for preliminary design of a new Building Automation System and specialized technical services related to upgrades of the audio-visual systems in the Board and committee rooms.


·         Authorized co-funding of dues payments to the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) and its California chapter, the California Water Efficiency Partnership. This authorization approved MWD dues to AWE, as well as dues for MWD, and half the dues of all Southern California water agencies who want to join the California Water Efficiency Partnership.  MWD has found both organizations to be extremely valuable in terms of assisting agencies in implementing conservation measures.  MWD has observed greater participation among other southern California agencies if MWD pays half of the dues.


·         Deferred the proposal to co-sponsor legislation to create a program at the State Water Resources Control Board to identify and evaluate drinking water quality constituents of emerging concern.  The State does not have a constituents of emerging concern program for drinking water, which leads to legislators reacting by introducing legislation to address issues that should be managed through a scientific, regulatory process. This is a worthwhile proposal that would add significant opportunities for a more robust and collaborative process to address constituents of emerging concern.  However, if/when MWD decides to advance this a funding source should be identified.


·         Authorized the General Manager to seek legislation to amend the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act to provide MWD with lead agency status for its activities, primarily related to the Colorado River Aqueduct.  This would streamline MWDs construction activities in support of the Colorado River Aqueduct.  Upon inquiry regarding the perspectives of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, General Manager Kightlinger assured the Board that staff reached out to both counties, and has their support for this proposal.


·         Approved the City of Camarillos Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report and authorized the General Manager to enter into a Local Resources Program Agreement with Calleguas Municipal Water District and the City of Camarillo for the North Pleasant Valley Desalter Project.  EMWD supports this Calleguas Local Resources Program desalination project that will generate 3,800 acre-feet per year of potable water.  The source of the water is degraded groundwater in the North Pleasant Valley.  Camarillo will own and operate the project, and they plan to start water deliveries in 2022.


·         Heard an update regarding the stormwater for recharge pilot program. MWD is focused on how to incentivize stormwater projects.  The proposed project would be open to all member agencies, and others must partner with member agencies.  The project must create new water, must capture at least 40 acre-feet per year, must decrease flow to the ocean, and should not impact downstream users.  The proposed program would have a budget of $7.5 million, and would fund up to 10 projects, with a maximum award of $1 million for new projects or $500,000 for retrofit projects. The project application period would start in March 2020.


·         Heard an update on MWDs energy sustainability plan.  MWDs goal is to contain costs, reduce exposure to price volatility, enhance operational reliability, create a revenue stream, and move towards energy independence. Moving water through the Colorado River Aqueduct (CRA) required 1.7 MWh, and cost MWD $43.7 million in 2018. To offset these costs, MWD is considering large-scale solar, wind and battery storage, as well as operational flexibility and pumped storage on the CRA.


·         Heard about a new education effort that would prepare students for careers in the water industry through the Career Technical Education program in high schools.


October 7-8, 2019

Meeting History

Nov 6, 2019 9:00 AM  Board of Directors Regular Meeting
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