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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. Previous BMP Meeting Materials are available in our Archives located under Resources on the Home Page.

Event / Meeting


Materials / Presentations

Basin Management Plan Update - Public Review Draft

January 16, 2013

BMP (41.3 MBs)

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

(0.4 MBs)

EIR Public Scoping Meeting

February 27, 2013


(4.2 MBs)


Meeting Summary

( 0.3 MBs)


List of Meeting Attendees (0.5 MBs)

End of Public Scoping Period

March 11, 2013

Notice of Preparation

(0.4 MBs)

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

(3 MBs)


Draft EIR (100 MBs)


EIR Appendix (11 MBs)

EIR Presentation to Board of Directors

October 23, 2013

Presentation (2.6 MBs)

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 NOA (0.3 MBs)


Final EIR (20 MBs)


MMRP (0.7 MBs)


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

April 2014

Resolution 2014-04


Monterey County

(0.8 MBs)


San Benito County

(0.7 MBs)


Santa Cruz County

(0.1 MBs)

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 (6. MBs)


Presentation 2: Hydrologic Monitoring Update - Barker (7.0 MBs)


Presentation 3: Waterfowl- Kittleson (3.0 MBs)

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

Published: November 28, 2017

Notice of Preparation


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.

Project Name

Demand Management (Conservation)

Increased Recycled Water Storage

Increased Recycled Water Deliveries

Harkins Slough Facility Upgrades

Watsonville Slough Project

College Lake with Inland Pipeline

Murphy Crossing with Recharge Basins