An Aquifer Betrayed: The Monterey Desalinization Project at Odds with California Water Law
by Paul Stanton Kibel*
Paul Stanton Kibel
The California American Water Company’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (Cal-Am Project) is a proposed desalinization facility in Monterey County that was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in September 2018.1 The Cal-Am Project would treat water pumped from inland coastal groundwater aquifersâthe Dune Sand Aquifer and the 180-Foot Aquiferârather than water pumped directly from the ocean. The Cal-Am Projet’s pumping of these coastal aquifers is expected to result in increased seawater intrusion in groundwater.