We live in an area of limited water availability and predictions by climatologists and others are that water scarcity will continue and probably worsen. As of the writing of this website, the area is under a 2007 court cease-and-desist order to reduce pumping of water from the Carmel River, (our main water supply) by 50% over the seven years following the court order. The order was issued because, according to State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), approximately 70% of the Cal-Am water supply is based on unlawful diversion from the Carmel River. This order imposes a constraint on new development by requiring that a different water supply be used to reduce diversions from the Carmel River prior to allowing new users.
The Marina Coast Water District, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency and Cal-Am are currently working to increase the supply of water through the building of desalination plants.
Local water access and use in this area is controlled by the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. The District has four main goals: