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Energy & Resource Management Committee Minutes April 21 2004

April 21 2004

CALL TO ORDER: Chairman McNelly called the meeting to order at 7:35 a.m.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Adamson, Devlin, Hardwick, McCormack, McNelly, Mitchell, Murphy, Pugh, Twineham
MEMBERS ABSENT: OConnor, Roberts (excused)
PUBLIC PRESENT: James Blake, MWD Representative; Shawn Nelson, City Council Member and OCWD Board of Directors;
STAFF PRESENT: Water Systems Manager Schickling, Assistant Planner Sowers, and Clerical Support Thompson
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes of the March 17, 2004 meeting were APPROVED as written.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

  1. METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT (MWD) UDATE JAMES BLAKE, CITY OF FULLERTON REPRESENTATIVE ON THE MWD BOARD

    Mr. Blake briefly described his role with MWD and the formation of MWD noting that the City of Fullerton is one of the 13 original member cities. He summarized current projects, notably Diamond Lake, and subsurface storage volumes. MWD, as a water wholesaler sold 2.2 million acre-feet of water last year (1 acre-foot= 326,000 gallons). Mr. Blake stated that MWD currently supplies 34% of the Citys water needs while OCWD provides 66% based on the available supply of both entities. The MWD percentage is up from historical levels of approximately 25% as OCWD is working to replenish their supply. MWD consistently ranks high in water quality and their bonds receive high credit ratings.

  2. ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT (OCWD) UPDATE- SHAWN NELSON, CITY COUNCIL MEMBER AND MEMBER OF OCWD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Council Member Nelson described noted that Fullerton, Santa Ana, and Anaheim are the only cities within OCWD that have direct appointments to the board. He noted that he brings his business experience to the OCWD. He explained that the Prado Dam stores the water for our area. OCDWs mission is to sink water in the ground. The underground storage area of the aquifer will not change; what will is the ability to get the water in the ground quicker and the number of people that want to take the water out. Prior direction was to mine the underground reservoir. The reservoir is now over drafted and the current plans to refill the underground storage areas are hindered by the below average rainfall. OCWD water is substantially cheaper than MWD because it is easier to supply. OCWD rates are expected to go up to compensate for artificially low historical rates as well as the need to replenish the water reserves.

    To accommodate additional demand, OCWD is working to approve their ability to sink water into the ground through technology and property acquisition and is pursing a ground water replenishment (GWR) program in conjunction with the Orange County Sanitation District. The GWR will be more expensive than water from rainwater but still less than MWD water. GWR is expected to be operational in 2007.

  3. FULLERTON GREEN PAGES UPDATE

    Chairman McNelly excused himself from the meeting to attend a prior engagement.

    Assistant Planner Sowers updated the committee on the status of the Green Pages. She stated that the pages had gone to press on April 20, 2004 and will be issued in the Community Services booklet in May. She thanked Committee Members Twineham and Mitchell for editing the final document for printing. Vice Chair Hardwick commented on the small print on the back page. Committee Member Twineham thanked staff for their efforts to bring this project forward. Assistant Planner Sowers noted that staff had ordered 2000 extra pages to distribute. Several committee members stated that they would be willing to hand those out. Committee member Twineham asked about the exact number of pages printed. Assistant Planner Sowers stated that staff had 50,000 printed and out of that amount 2,000 extras would be available to handout. Committee member McCormack asked about the next volume and the preparation time the committee would need. Assistant Planner Sowers said that she would check with Community Services on a release date.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None

COMMITTEE MEMBER COMMENTS

Committee member Pugh asked about the committee about the amount of water allocated from OCWD and when the amount changed from 75% to 66%. Committee member Adamson stated that it is due to the new district manager who realized that the basin had been overdrawn for several years and is attempting to rebuild the amount of water in the basin.

Committee member Mitchell noted that Council Member Nelson mentioned that OCWD did not specifically encourage conservation. Committee member Mitchell stated that if it is not up to OCWD then it must fall upon this committees purview to educate the public on conservation issues.

Committee member Adamson asked about the Industrial Strength (Used Oil Public Education) contract and if it is still on the agenda. Assistant Planner Sowers stated that is scheduled for the May agenda. He pointed out that he has only seen one bus kiosk and that the City is in the process of changing out the bus stops for a new model.

AGENDA FORECAST

Items to be reviewed at a future meeting will include the following:

  • Beverage Container Recycling Progress Report (Jul Dec 2003)
  • Diversion
  • Green Waste
  • Industrial Strength Contract

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on May 19, 2004 at 7:30 a.m.

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