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Dean Messer, Chief

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West Sacramento, CA 95691
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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001



Revised Monterey Plus EIR

Monterey Plus Revised Environmental Impact Report

The California Department of Water Resources (Department), as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), prepared the environmental impact report (EIR) for the Monterey Amendment to the State Water Project Contracts (Including Kern Water Bank Transfer) and Associated Actions as Part of a Settlement Agreement (Monterey Plus) (Monterey Plus EIR). The Department certified the Monterey Plus EIR on February 1, 2010. Several parties challenged the adequacy of the Monterey Plus EIR under CEQA. In 2014, the Monterey Plus EIR was found by the Sacramento County Superior Court (Court) to comply with CEQA in all aspects except with respect to the development, use, and operation of the Kern Water Bank (KWB). The Court specified that the Department is to correct the deficiencies and recertify the EIR without reopening the non-defective portions of the EIR. Upon recertification, only those portions of the Revised EIR (REIR) that are new or changed shall be subject to challenge under CEQA by petitioners or other interested parties.

For these reasons, the Department has developed this three-volume Monterey Plus Draft Revised EIR. Document A1 presents all the changes to the Monterey Plus EIR made as a result of the Department’s reanalysis of the Kern Fan Element (KFE) property transfer and new analysis of the KWB development and continued use and operation.  Since DWR decertified the Monterey Plus EIR, pursuant to the Court’s order, the Revised EIR also includes, without modification, the 2007 Draft EIR (Document B, including Volumes I and II) and the 2010 Final EIR (Document C, including Volumes I and II). Together, the three documents constitute the Monterey Plus Draft Revised EIR (Figure P-1).

The Draft Revised EIR focuses on the development and continued use and operations of the KWB near Bakersfield. Potentially significant impacts before mitigation were related to groundwater levels and quality, Kern River water quality, the Cross Valley Canal, terrestrial biological resources, erosion, hazardous materials, waterborne disease, cultural and paleontological resources, greenhouse gas emissions, and cumulative impacts.  Potentially significant and unavoidable impacts were related to cumulative growth-related impacts. The Draft Revised EIR identifies hazardous sites on or near KWB Lands that have been remediated.

The focus of public review and comment should be on Document A1 since public comments will only be considered on the revised and new text, contained entirely within Document A1. Document A2, the Monterey Plus Final Revised EIR, will be prepared in the future after receiving public comment on Document A1.

 PUBLIC MEETINGS: Public meetings to receive comments on the Draft Revised EIR will be held on:

  • June 1, 6-8pm at the Woodward Park Library, 944 E. Perrin Ave., Fresno 93720
  • June 2, 5-7pm at the Clarion Hotel, 3540 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield 93308.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: The public comment period starts April 28, 2016 and ends June 13, 2016. Comments on the Draft Revised EIR must be received by 5:00pm on June 13, 2016 and sent to: Karen Dulik, DWR, 3374 E. Shields Ave., Fresno, CA 93726 or to or fax to 559-230-3301.

DRAFT REVISED EIR REVIEW LOCATIONS: The Draft Revised EIR and referenced documents can be reviewed at the following locations or by clicking on the appropriate links after the document layout figure.

Library Address
Beale Memorial Library 701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Hanford Branch Library 401 North Douty Street Hanford, CA 93230
Pleasant Hill Library 1750 Oak Park Boulevard, Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523
Colusa County Library 738 Market Street, Colusa, CA 95932
Los Angeles Public Library; Central Library 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Quincy Public Library 445 jackson Street, Quincy, CA 95971
Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library 315 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616
Merced County Library, Merced Branch 2100 O Street Merced, CA 95340
Red Bluff Library  645 Madison Street, Red Bluff, CA 96080
El Centro Public Library, Community Center Branch 1140 N. Imperial Ave. El Centro, CA 92443
Modesto Public Library  1500 L Street, Modesto, CA 95354
Redding Library  1100 Parkview Avenue, Redding, CA 96001
Fairfield Civic Center Library 1150 Kentucky Street, Fairfield, CA 94533
Napa Main Library  580 Coombs Street, Napa, CA 94559
Riverside Public Library (Main Library) 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Fremont Library 2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94538
Oroville Branch Library 1820 Mitchell Avenue, Oroville, Ca 95966
Sacramento Public Library, Central Library 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Norman F. Feldheym Central Library 555 West 6th Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410
Central Library  40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Sutter County Library Main Branch 750 Forbes Avenue Yuba City, CA 95991
San Diego Public Library Central Library 330 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101
Cesar Chavez Central Library  606 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton, CA 95202-1907
California Department of Water Resources (South Central Region Office) 3374 E. Shields Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726
E.P. Foster Library  651 East Main Street, Ventura, CA, 93001
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Visalia Branch Library 200 West Oak Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291
San Luis Obispo Library  995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Willows Public Library 201 North Lassen Street, Willows, CA 95988



Figure P-1. Monterey Plus Revised EIR Document Layout


Click here for additional background information on the 2007/2010 Draft/Final Monterey Plus EIRs