Monterey Bay Regional Water Project
Staff Update - August 2018
The Commission and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, as lead agencies under the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, anticipate releasing the joint draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Monterey Bay Regional Water Project (Project) for public review in the second or third quarter of 2019. This revised schedule allows time for additional studies on the benthic environment and evaluation of alternative subsurface options.The EIR/EIS will analyze the Project proposed by DeepWater Desal, LLC (Applicant), including the construction and operation of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination facility, co-located seawater-cooled computer data center, product water pipelines, and other supporting utilities. The proposed desalination plant and data center complex site is on 50 acres of a 110-acre industrial zoned property located approximately 1.5 miles east of Moss Landing, Monterey County. As proposed, the offshore seawater intake and brine discharge pipelines would be placed within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary using horizontal directional drilling technology. The intake pipeline would extend west from Moss Landing Harbor to a screened deep-water intake within the Monterey Canyon, and the discharge pipeline would be placed on the north shelf of the Monterey Canyon.