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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 2012, 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

Presentation (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)

Anticipated EIR Certification / BMP Approval

February 2014







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