The Carmel River Watershed Conservancy (CRWC) has a primary goal to increase the amount of water in the Carmel River, and to accomplish that we advocate for a three-pronged solution:
(1) Diverting winter runoff from the Carmel River to the Seaside Basin to be utilized later as a water source (Aquifer Storage and Recovery).
(2) Recycling stormwater and other wastewater to be thoroughly filtered and then reused as a second water source (Groundwater Replenishment).
(3) Constructing a desalination plant to produce the rest of the water needed to supply the Monterey Peninsula's current and future water users. This ensures that we have a "drought proof" water source in times of extended drought.
In October, California regulators from the Coastal Commission reviewed and unanimously approved a $140 million Doheny Ocean Desalination Project, offering a guideline for how the state can convert ocean water into drinking water amid the worst drought in 1,200 years.
Read more about this project and how it will produce a reliable water source for South Orange County here:
South Coast Water District's Desalination Project Will Provide a Local, Reliable Water Supply