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NCMA Strategic Plan Final Strategic Plan for the Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Prepared for: City of Arroyo Grande City of Grover Beach Oceano Community Services District City of Pismo Beach June 3, 2014 Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Final Strategic Plan ii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Strategic Plan was prepared through a cooperative effort of the following members of the Technical Group. Teresa McClish, AICP Gregory Ray, P.E. OCSD Staff Benjamin Fine, P.E. Shane Taylor Geoff English Additional contribution was provided by: Paul Sorensen, CEG, C,Hg. Sam Schaefer, P.E. Facilitated By: Jeffery Szytel, P.E. Daniel Heimel, P.E. Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Introduction and Purpose Final Strategic Plan 1 1 INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE The Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group (NCMA TG) developed the NCMA TG Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan) for the purpose of providing the NCMA TG with:  A Mission Statement to guide future initiatives;  A framework for communicating water resource goals; and  A formalized Work Plan for the next 10 years The Strategic Plan was developed over a series of Strategic Planning Sessions and NCMA TG Meetings and is organized into the following sections: Acknowledgements 1 Introduction and Purpose 2 Background 3 Mission Statement 4 Objectives of the NCMA TG 5 Strategic Initiatives 6 Implementation Plan 7 Conclusions and Recommendations Appendix A. Boundary Maps Appendix B. Related Organizations Appendix C. NCMA TG Initiatives 2 BACKGROUND The Northern Cities, comprised of the Oceano Community Services District and the Cities of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Pismo Beach, have a long history of cooperative management of their shared water resources, and continue to actively work together to manage groundwater and surface water supplies for a population of approximately 46,000 residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The service areas for each of the Northern Cities are shown in Appendix A. The Northern Cities initiated collaborative management of the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin (SMGB) in 1983, with the development of the Agreement Regarding Management of the Arroyo Grande Groundwater Basin (Gentlemen’s Agreement). The Gentlemen’s Agreement defined the safe yield for the Northern Cities portion of the SMGB and allocated the available water to the urban and agricultural users. Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Mission Statement Final Strategic Plan 2 In 1997, the SMGB became subject to litigation and in 2002 the Northern Cities, the Northern Landowners, and Other Parties entered into a Settlement Agreement, which reaffirmed the Gentlemen’s Agreement. Subsequently, the Northern Cities and other Parties entered into the 2005 Stipulation, which formally divided the SMGB into three management areas: the Northern Cities Management Area (NCMA); the Nipomo Mesa Management Area (NMMA); and the Santa Maria Valley Management Area (SMVMA). The boundaries of each of the management areas are shown in Appendix A. The Superior Court of California later adopted the Stipulation in its January 25, 2008 Judgment After Trial (Judgment). On November 21, 2012, the California Court of Appeal (Sixth Appellate District) upheld the Superior Court’s Judgment. The California Supreme Court later refused to hear the case – upholding the Appellate Court’s decision. The Stipulation requires that each Management Area develop a monitoring program that must include data collection and monitoring sufficient to determine land and water uses within the management area, sources of supply to meet those uses, groundwater conditions including groundwater level and quality, the amount and disposition of Developed Water supplies, and the amount and disposition of other sources of water supply. This information must be presented to the Court in an annual report that summarizes the results of the monitoring program, changes in groundwater supplies and any threats to groundwater supplies. In 2009, the Northern Cities formed the Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group (NCMA TG), comprised of technical staff from each of the agencies and selected consultants, to coordinate their efforts for the monitoring program and the annual report. As part of their collaborative management, the Northern Cities split the costs for the monitoring program, the annual report and staff extension services, based upon each agency’s percentage of the groundwater basin safe yield. The NCMA TG’s operating budget for these tasks is approximately $200,000 per year. The overall annual budget varies year to year based upon the different initiatives pursued by the NCMA TG. In addition to the preparation of the Annual Report, the NCMA TG works collaboratively with the other jurisdictions and regional groups to manage water supplies within southern San Luis Obispo County. Appendix B outlines the NCMA TG’s relationship with the related agencies, groups, committees, organizations, agreements and initiatives. In coordination with the other regional groups and on its own, the NCMA TG actively pursues opportunities to enhance the sustainability of water supply resources within the NCMA. A summary of complete and ongoing NCMA TG initiatives is provided in Appendix A. 3 MISSION STATEMENT The NCMA TG developed the following Mission Statement to help guide ongoing initiatives and to capture the requirements outlined in the Gentlemen’s Agreement, Settlement Agreement and the Stipulation: Preserve and enhance the sustainability of water supplies for the Northern Cities Area by:  Enhancing supply reliability  Protecting water quality  Maintaining cost-effective water supplies  Advancing the legacy of cooperative water resources management Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Objectives of the NCMA TG Final Strategic Plan 3 4 OBJECTIVES OF THE NCMA TG Through the strategic planning process, the NCMA TG identified several key objectives to guide future efforts. These objectives include: 1. Enhance Water Supply Reliability o Prepare the Northern Cities for prolonged drought conditions o Develop coordinated response plan for salt water intrusion and other supply emergencies o Analyze impacts of pumping on the groundwater basin o Better protect against threats to groundwater sustainability 2. Improve Water Resource Management o Update the 2002 Settlement Agreement o Develop more formalized structure/governance for the NCMA TG 3. Increase Effective Outreach o Engage agriculture stakeholders o Improve coordination with SLOCFC&WCD and other regional efforts o Increase communication with City Council & Board of Directors 5 STRATEGIC INITIATIVES The NCMA TG utilized a screening and objective ranking process to develop prioritized strategies for improving the sustainability of water resources in the NCMA. Initially the TG developed a list of potential initiatives to consider during the screening process. Subsequently, the TG developed seven (7) criteria to rank the initiatives. Utilizing these criteria, each of the initiatives was ranked independently on a scale from one (low score) to three (high score). Upon completion of the independent scoring and prior to reviewing the results, weighting factors were applied to each of the evaluation criteria. The combination of the ranking for each criteria and the weighting factor for that criteria were then utilized to develop the scoring for each initiative. Table 1 lists the Evaluation Criteria and the Weighting Factors utilized for the strategic initiative screening. Table 1. Evaluation Criteria Evaluation Criteria Weighting Factor Reliability Enhancement 3 Cost Effectiveness 2 Enhanced Management 3 Jurisdictional Alignment 1 Outside Stakeholder Interest 1 Feasibility 2 Sustainability 3 After the initial ranking was completed, the initiatives were grouped based on common strategies and then sequenced according to the order that they would need to be completed in. Table 2 lists the key strategies developed by the NCMA TG. Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Strategic Initiatives Final Strategic Plan 4 Table 2. NCMA TG Key Strategies Key Strategies Strategic Initiative Description Reliability Enhancement Cost Effectiveness Enhanced Management Jurisdictional Alignment Outside Stakeholder Interest Feasibility Sustainability Total Weighting Factor 3 2 3 1 1 2 3 Enhance Management of NCMA Groundwater 1 a Groundwater Model Develop a groundwater model for the NCMA or the entire SMGB 3 2 3 3 2 1 2 35 b Monitoring well Coordinate with the County and the NMMA to develop new monitoring well(s) within the SMGB 1 2 2 3 3 2 3 32 c SNMP Develop a Salt and Nutrient Management Plan for the NCMA/NMMA 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 36 d Groundwater Storage Develop and implement a framework for groundwater storage/conjunctive use, including return flows 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 45 e Management Agreement Update the 2002 Agreement Regarding Management of the Arroyo Groundwater Basin 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 20 Improve Inter- agency Coordination 2 a Intertie Plan Develop and implement an inter- agency intertie plan 3 3 3 3 1 3 3 43 b Inter-agency Mutual Aid Agreements Develop mutual aid agreements for emergency water supply scenarios 2 3 1 1 1 2 3 30 c Communication Plan Develop a communication plan for the NCMA 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 34 d Coordinated Conservation Program Developed a coordinated conservation program 1 3 3 3 1 2 3 35 Develop Supplemental Supply 3 a Supplemental Water Strategy Evaluate alternative water supply strategies including: Recycled Water, etc. 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 41 b Implement a Supplemental Water Supply Develop 1,500 AFY of permanent supplemental water supply within 10 years 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 36 Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Strategic Initiatives Final Strategic Plan 5 Key Strategies Strategic Initiative Description Reliability Enhancement Cost Effectiveness Enhanced Management Jurisdictional Alignment Outside Stakeholder Interest Feasibility Sustainability Total Weighting Factor 3 2 3 1 1 2 3 Improve Water Management Governance 4 a Improve inter-agency coordination Improve involvement and coordination within the NCMA agencies and to include the County 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 39 b Ag outreach Coordinate with the Ag/Farm Bureau; encourage conservation; develop a formalized structure 1 3 2 2 3 2 1 27 c Northern Cities Governance/Legal Framework Evaluate options for NCMA structure/governance and report to Councils/Boards for direction 3 3 3 2 2 1 3 39 Develop Regional UWMP and Water Shortage Contingency Plan 5 a Regional UWMP Coordinated UWMP for the Northern Cities 1 3 3 2 1 3 3 36 b Water Shortage Contingency Plan Develop a coordinated plan of action to respond to a severe water shortage condition within the NCMA; including consideration for individual scenarios 1 3 3 3 2 3 3 38 Enhance Management of Surface Water1 6 a Optimize Existing Surface Water Supplies, including surface water storage. Develop a framework for inter- agency exchanges & transfers, including SWP & Lopez supplies 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 35 b Maximize Lopez Pipeline Capacity Develop project(s) to expand Lopez Pipeline capacity 2 3 3 2 1 3 2 36 c Improve Lopez WTP Capacity and Reliability Develop & support initiatives to improve capacity of Lopez WTP 2 3 3 2 1 3 2 36 1 The Enhanced Management of Surface Water strategy was develop at a follow-up meeting to the NCMA TG Strategic Planning Session #1. Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Implementation Plan Final Strategic Plan 6 6 IMPLEMENTATION PLAN Utilizing the ranked and grouped initiatives, the NCMA TG developed an implementation plan for the key strategies. Included in the implementation plan are the required actions to complete each initiative, key participants, the NCMA lead, an estimated budget and an implementation time frame. The short-term time frame designation refers to initiatives that could be completed within 5 years. The long-term time frame refers to initiatives that are anticipated to take longer than 5 years to implement. Table 3 includes the details for the Implementation Plan developed by the NCMA TG and Figure 1 shows how the key strategies within the Implementation Plan are sequenced and are interconnected with other ongoing initiatives. Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Implementation Plan Final Strategic Plan 7 Table 3. Implementation Plan Key Strategies Strategic Initiative Description Required Actions Key Participants NCMA Lead Estimated NCMA Budget (Costs in 2014 Dollars) Time Frame Enhance Management of NCMA Groundwater 1 a Groundwater Model Develop a groundwater model for the NCMA or the entire SMGB 1. Define model objectives 2. Complete SMGB Characterization 3. Obtain Scalmanini Model 4. Identify funding 5. Potential interim steps 6. RFP(s) NCMA agencies, NMMA agencies, SMVMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD NCMA TG $650,000 Short- Term b Monitoring well Coordinate with the County and the NMMA to develop new monitoring well(s) within the SMGB 1. Confirm location(s) 2. Confirm project budget 3. Finalize cost-share 4. Support SLOCFC&WCD in project implementation. NCMA agencies, NMMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD NCMA TG $15,000 Short- Term c SNMP Develop a Salt and Nutrient Management Plan for the NCMA/NMMA 1. Complete SMGB Characterization 2. Develop RFP NCMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD, NMMA agencies, WRAC, SMVMA agencies, SSLOCSD Pismo Beach or SLOCSD $250,000 Short- Term d Groundwater Storage Develop and implement a framework for groundwater storage/conjunctive use, including return flows 1. Complete groundwater model 2a. Permitting/Legal Acquisition 2b. Design 3. Construction NCMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD, RWQCB, CDPH, CCC, DWR, SWRCB NCMA TG, Managers & Attorneys $250,000 Long- Term e Management Agreement Update the 2002 Agreement Regarding Management of the Arroyo Groundwater Basin 1. Update (new safe yield, requires groundwater model) NCMA agencies NCMA TG, Managers & Attorneys $100,000 Long- Term Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Implementation Plan Final Strategic Plan 8 Key Strategies Strategic Initiative Description Required Actions Key Participants NCMA Lead Estimated NCMA Budget (Costs in 2014 Dollars) Time Frame Improve Inter-agency Coordination 2 a Intertie Plan Develop and implement a inter-agency intertie plan 1. Develop RFP(s) 2. Hire consultant 3. Update existing hydraulic models 2. Develop intertie model 3. Develop agreements 4. Design intertie upgrades 5. Construct intertie upgrades NCMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD NCMA TG $34,000 Short- Term b Inter-agency Mutual Aid Agreements Develop mutual aid agreements for emergency water supply scenarios 1. Develop agreements NCMA agencies Greg Ray $25,000 Short- Term c Communication Plan Develop a communication plan for the NCMA 1. Identify opportunities 2. Develop plan NCMA agencies NCMA TG In-kind NCMA agency staff time Short- Term d Coordinated Conservation Program Developed a coordinated conservation program 1. Identify opportunities 2. Develop plan NCMA agencies NCMA TG In-kind NCMA agency staff time Short- Term Develop Supplemental Supply 3 a Supplemental Water Strategy Evaluate alternative water supply strategies including: Recycled Water, etc. 1. Develop RFP 2. Hire consultant 3. Complete Alternative Water Supply Study NCMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD NCMA TG $50,000 Short- Term b Implement a Supplemental Water Supply Develop 1,500 AFY of permanent supplemental water supply within 10 years 1. Alternatives evaluation 2a. Permitting/Legal acquisition 2b. Design 3. Construction NCMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD, RWQCB, CDPH, CCC, DWR, SWRCB NCMA TG TBD Long- Term Improve Water Management Governance 4 a Improve inter-agency coordination Improve involvement and coordination within the NCMA agencies and to include the County 1. Develop strategy for informing City Managers/Attorneys (for example periodic NCMA TG Meeting to include CM attendance) 2. Involve the County in the NCMA TG Meetings NCMA agencies,SLOCFC&WCD Greg Ray NA Short- Term b Ag outreach Coordinate with the Ag/Farm Bureau; encourage conservation; develop a formalized structure 1. Strategize a message to the ag community, including key objectives for the NCMA. 2. Set an introductory meeting with the ag representatives 3. Create a framework for ongoing coordination NCMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD, Ag Representatives Teresa McClish $2,000 Short- Term c Northern Cities Governance/Legal Framework Evaluate options for NCMA structure/governance and report to Councils/Boards for direction 1. Convene a series of meetings, including City Managers and Attorneys to discuss options and alternatives NCMA TG and Managers, SLOCFC&WCD NCMA TG In-kind NCMA agency staff time Short- Term Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Implementation Plan Final Strategic Plan 9 Key Strategies Strategic Initiative Description Required Actions Key Participants NCMA Lead Estimated NCMA Budget (Costs in 2014 Dollars) Time Frame Develop Regional UWMP and Water Shortage Contingency Plan 5 a Regional UWMP Coordinated UWMP for the Northern Cities 1. Define agency goals and cost share strategy 2. Develop a scope of work 3. Hire a consultant 4. Develop the plan NCMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD Zone 3 Ben Fine $170,000 Short- Term b Water Shortage Contingency Plan Develop a coordinated plan of action to respond to a severe water shortage condition within the NCMA; including consideration for individual scenarios 1. Review existing plans 2. Develop shared triggers, strategies and requirements 3. Develop plan for review and approval by Board/Councils NCMA agencies Teresa McClish $50,000 Short- Term Enhance Management of Surface Water 6 a Optimize Existing Surface Water Supplies, including surface water storage. Develop a framework for inter-agency exchanges & transfers, including SWP & Lopez supplies 1. Get authorization from Boards/Councils 2. Convene workshops among participant agencies, SLOCFC&WCD and other relevant agencies (e.g. CCWA, banking agencies, etc.) 3. Develop conceptual frameworks 4. Draft agreements 5. Board/Council approvals NCMA agencies, SLOCFC&WCD, Zone 3, CCWA, Potential other banking agencies OCSD Staff $100,000 Long- Term b Maximize Lopez Pipeline Capacity Develop project(s) to expand Lopez Pipeline capacity 1. Feasibility & Alternatives Analysis 2. Design 3. Construction NCMA agencies, Zone 3 Zone 3 Included with Zone 3 budget See Zone 3 budget c Improve Lopez WTP Capacity and Reliability Develop & support initiatives to improve capacity of Lopez WTP 1. Support initiatives through Zone 3 NCMA agencies, Zone 3 Zone 3 Included with Zone 3 budget See Zone 3 budget Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Implementation Plan Final Strategic Plan 10 Figure 1. Key Initiative Interconnectivity and Sequencing Flow Chart Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Implementation Plan Final Strategic Plan 11 6.1 RECOMMENDED BUDGET Utilizing the time frames and cost estimates from the Implementation Plan, the NCMA TG developed the following Recommended Strategic Initiative Budget. Table 4. Recommended Strategic Initiative Budget Key Strategies Strategic Initiative Short-Term2 Long-Term3 Enhanced Management of NCMA Groundwater 1 a Groundwater Model $650,000 b Monitoring well $15,000 c SNMP $250,000 d Groundwater Storage $250,000 e Management Agreement $100,000 Improve Inter-agency Coordination 2 a Intertie Plan $34,000 b Inter-agency Mutual Aid Agreements $25,000 c Communication Plan d Coordinated Conservation Program Develop Supplemental Supply 3 a Supplemental Water Strategy $50,000 b Implement a Supplemental Water Supply TBD Improve Water Management Governance 4 a Advisory Committee b Ag outreach $8,000 c Northern Cities Governance/Legal Framework Develop Regional UWMP and Water Shortage Contingency Plan 5 a Regional UWMP $170,000 b Water Shortage Contingency Plan $50,000 Enhance Management of Surface Water 6 a Optimize Existing Surface Water Supplies $100,000 b Maximize Lopez Pipeline Capacity c Improve Lopez WTP Capacity and Reliability Total $1,252,000 $450,000 2 Short-Term – intended to represent projects that can be completed within 5 years 3 Long-Term – intended to represent projects that will take longer than 5 years to complete Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Conclusions and Recommendations Final Strategic Plan 12 7 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS As a results of the Strategic Planning Process, the NCMA TG developed the following conclusions and recommendations, in additional to the Key Strategies list above.  Agency Presentations - Presentation of the Strategic Plan to the governing bodies  Cost Sharing – Evaluate cost sharing methodologies and work collaboratively to develop new methodologies, as appropriate  Budgeting – Develop near-term budgets and present to governing boards for approval  Communication – Continue close communication amongst the NCMA agencies to ensure consistent messaging to governing boards and the public  Continued Planning - Conduct recurring strategic planning sessions (annual, at a minimum) to revisit and update the strategic plan Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Appendix A. Boundary Maps Final Strategic Plan APPENDIX A. BOUNDARY MAPS Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Appendix A. Boundary Maps Final Strategic Plan Figure 2. NCMA Agency Service Area Map Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Appendix A. Boundary Maps Final Strategic Plan Figure 3. SMGB Management Area Boundary Map Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Appendix B. Related Organizations Final Strategic Plan APPENDIX B. RELATED ORGANIZATIONS Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Appendix B. Related Organizations Final Strategic Plan Table 5. Related Organizations Related Agencies, Groups, Committees, Organizations, Agreements, and Initiatives Description Northern Cities Participants Relationship to NCMA TG Nipomo Mesa Management Area Technical Group (NMMA TG) Technical group tasked with monitoring and reporting on groundwater conditions in the NMMA. None Monitoring party for the neighboring NMMA Twitchell Management Authority Management group tasked with monitoring and reporting of groundwater conditions in the Santa Maria Valley Management Area (SMVMA). None Monitoring party for the SMVMA SLO County San Luis Obispo County County Government for the NCMA SLOCFC&WCD District to provide water resource management and flood control services including studies, programs, and weather and hydrological data collection and compilation. SLOCFC&WCD Zone 3 District to fund operation of the Lopez Project. All Northern Cities Related organization that the Northern Cities participate in SLOCFC&WCD Zone 1/1A District to fund enhanced maintenance and operation efforts of the Arroyo Grande and Los Berros Channels within Zone 1/1A. OCSD, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach Related organization that the some of Northern Cities participate in Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC) Advisory Board to advise the County Board of Supervisors concerning all policy decisions related to the water resources of the SLO County Flood Control & Water Conservation District. All Northern Cities Related organization that the Northern Cities participate in Regional Water Management Working Group (RWMG) Management group to develop and implement the Integrated Regional Water Resources Management Plan Update. All Northern Cities Related organization that the Northern Cities participate in Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA) Joint powers authority responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Polonio Pass WTP and the Coastal Branch Pipeline. None Wholesale water provider that treats and delivers SWP water to SLO County and its SWP sub-contractors Arroyo Grande Creek Watershed MOU Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) amongst 14 agencies to develop recommendations to fund programs and develop policies for the maintenance, protection, and enhancement of the Arroyo Grande Watershed and the creeks within the Watershed including the approximate eighty-six (86) square mile area downstream of the Lopez Lake Dam, and including but not limited to, Arroyo Grande, Los Berros, Newsome Springs, Corbett Canyon/TallyHo, Tar Springs, and Meadow Creeks and sub- watersheds (collectively the "Watershed"), and to recommend specific roles and responsibilities to implement those programs and policies All Northern Cities Related organization that the Northern Cities participate in LAFCO Local Agency Formation Commission with the power to "approve or disapprove with or without amendment, wholly, partially, or conditionally" proposals concerning the formation of cities and special districts and other changes of jurisdiction or organization of local government agencies. None Commission with authority over local agency annexations and other changes of jurisdiction Coastal San Luis RCD Resource Conservation District that offers a variety of programs to assist farmers, ranchers, landowners and other watershed users in improving and protecting soil and water resources. None RCD which boundary includes the NCMA Arroyo Grande Creek Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Planning documents required as part of an application for an incidental take permit. HCP under the Endangered Species Act provide a framework for people to complete projects while conserving at-risk species of plants and animals. The Arroyo Grande Creek HCP is necessary to comply with the Endangered Species Act and is a prerequisite of a State-required amendment to Lopez Projects water rights permit. All Northern Cities, via Zone 3 Related to long-term sustainability of the Northern Cities surface water supply from Zone 3 Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Appendix C. NCMA TG Initiatives Final Strategic Plan APPENDIX C. NCMA TG INITIATIVES Northern Cities Management Area Technical Group Appendix C. NCMA TG Initiatives Final Strategic Plan Table 6. NCMA TG Initiatives NCMA TG Initiatives Description Quarterly Monitoring Quarterly monitoring of water level and water quality in the NCMA Sentry/Monitoring Wells. Includes continuous water level and water quality monitoring using pressure, Electroconductivity (EC) and temperature transducers. Annual Report Development of an Annual Report on groundwater conditions within the NCMA, as required by the Stipulation and Judgment for the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin. Lopez Spillway Raise Feasibility study to identify the potential increased yield that could be obtained by raising the Lopez Dam Spillway. Included identification of potential project constraints and the development of planning level project cost estimates. Lopez Pipeline Capacity Assessment Studies to determine the capacity of the Lopez pipeline to identify potential opportunities to increase surface water imports to the NCMA. Performed using a hydraulic model of the Lopez pipeline, calibrated with flow test data. SMGB Characterization Groundwater basin characterization project to improve the understanding of the geology and the hydrogeology of the NCMA & NMMA portions of the SMGB. The scope for the SMGB Characterization Project includes the following tasks: Data Analysis; Transducer Installation; Geologic Cross-sections; Well Testing; Surface Water Installation; Recharge Areas; Offshore Aquifers and Seawater Intrusion. Regional Recycled Water Strategic Plan Plan to evaluate potential opportunities to implement recycled water projects at 5 wastewater treatment plants located in San Luis Obispo County. Included in the plan are evaluation of opportunities for the Pismo Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant and the South San Luis Obispo County Wastewater Treatment Plant. New Monitoring Well(s) Investigation into locations for potential future monitoring wells to provide additional groundwater level and water quality data for the NCMA and the NMMA. Includes potential cost sharing with SLO County and the NMMA TG.