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District Project Updates

Updated 6/8/2024
CORE AREA: Water Services - General
STRATEGIC GOAL: Meet the Ongoing Challenges of Effectively and Reliably Managing Water Resources in our Sensitive Ecosystem

Implement the Water Meter Replacement Program

Procurement for the initial purchase of 1,700-meter register endpoints has occurred, with a delivery date targeted for June 10, 2024. Installation will begin in-house while an RFP for installation is circulated. Lead & Copper Rule inventory will commence during endpoint installation.

Complete the Stuart Street Tank Construction

On January 11, 2024, the Board of Directors approved an Agreement for Consultant Services with MKN & Associates, Inc., for engineering design and bid/construction phase services to replace the Stuart Street Tanks. 30% of design plans have been received and are being reviewed by staff.  The staff coordinated with Rincon to revise the initial CATEX submission, including Biological and Cultural Resources TMs, which has taken place and is under evaluation. 

Updates to the geotechnical engineering report regarding scope amendment, retaining wall design, and setback criteria are scheduled for a pre-application meeting with SLO County Planning on June 18, 2024. 

Permanent Replacement of San Simeon Water Line & Effluent Line

District staff met with State Parks officials on April 9, 2024, who were pleased to see the project proceeding. However, they have concerns with the wetlands-enhanced zone. State Parks requested additional time to review the Alternatives Preliminary Design Report (“PDR”). A follow-up meeting with State Parks is scheduled for May 9, 2024, to discuss their findings and alignment preferences with CCSD staff and consultants.

Environmental consultants received a Right of Entry Permit from State Parks on April 9, 2024, and completed the wetland delineation survey. Botanical and archaeological surveys are scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Areas being surveyed are in alignments 3 and 4.

The district will hold a collaborative meeting with Cannon and State Parks to finalize an alternative alignment. In the meantime, environmental surveying has begun, which consists of wetland delineation, botanical surveys, and archaeological surveys.

Research Long-Term Water Supply & Storage Solutions

R&I revitalized the Ad Hoc Committee consisting of Mr. Webb & Mr. Williams. The Ad Hoc Committee provided a thorough report at the R&I Committee meeting, and President Dean will provide the report at a board meeting.

CORE AREA: Water Services – Water Reclamation Facility
STRATEGIC GOAL: Advance Coastal Development Permit (CDP) to Achieve County and Coastal Commission Approval

Resolve the Brine Waste Disposal Issue

Staff is in the process of scheduling a pilot program based on an alternative analysis for the Zero Liquid Discharge Program.

Zero Liquid Discharge Program

The construction of the mobile unit for the ZLD pilot is well underway. The initial target for completion of the mobile unit is October 2024. During the month, staff met with Global Water Innovations and a consultant from Trevi Water Systems. Site evaluation detailing the location of the unit's components, including electrical and water plumbing, was determined. The staff is working with County Planning for the Substantial Conformance Determination concerning the temporary pilot run.

Complete the Instream Flow Study Task 1 & 2 to Include Van Gordon Creek

The IFS is a detailed and comprehensive study incorporating years of data collection and analysis. While this study has taken many years and is near completion, a few final studies are still needed. One of these studies concentrates on the Van Gordon Creek/Warren assessments (IFS Task II) and concerns regarding potential impacts. These assessments will take place in June, as illustrated in the proposed project schedule below. We are in the final stages of data gathering and compiling all components. The completion of the study is still ongoing. We are meeting all expectations for the document to be delivered before October.

AMP monitoring is ongoing. Per the methods described in the AMP, quarterly surveys are conducted at eight (8) survey sites to collect data and describe survey conditions, habitats, stream flows, surface water quality, 9P7 soil moisture, and observed species. We are currently in the wet season, and a quarterly AMP survey will be taking place during the month of May. We look forward to having a completed report in June.

Complete the Coastal Development Permit (CDP) Application

Once again, I want to address some concerns and comments in the news and on social media regarding the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) project description and its eventual submission to the County of San Luis Obispo. This project is as controversial as any in Cambria's history. As mentioned in my last letter, Staff cannot and has no desire to enter debates about how the project came to be circa 2014. We can’t speak for past actions, let alone speak for those who authorized the project. However, the Board of Directors, both past and present, guides and directs Staff through many mechanisms, such as the strategic plan.  As such, permanently permitting the facility is one of those strategic goals. Staff has taken that directive seriously and will bring the project description before the Board on the 20th of June. The latest iteration of the draft has taken some time; we cannot argue that. However, there is a reason for the delay. We met with the County of San Luis Obispo and reviewed the description. As some of you know, we also sent it to the California Coastal Commission for review. We received feedback from both and, in good faith, tried to address some of those comments in the draft. That has been the only reason this draft has not come before the Board sooner.  After we apply for the permit, we will work with the County and the Coastal Commission in parallel to address some of the outstanding mitigation in the affected ESHA. However, the project description is merely an operational document in which mitigation measures are not a part. Yet, it will be in later supporting documentation after the appropriate mitigation measures are defined by the County and Coastal Commission. 

With that comes the wave of questions on the WRF’s purpose, operational scope, growth, etc. The WRF is not a mechanism for growth and is not considered a new sustainable water source, which is one of the criteria for ending the moratorium; there is no way around this. Nevertheless, it is well-documented that Cambria has historically been subject to prolonged droughts despite our good fortune during the past two years and is likely to continue to experience such droughts in the future.

The County of San Luis Obispo has asked the CCSD to explicitly define the plant’s purpose, and we have. Despite our efforts, some continue to make unfounded assumptions about the Board and Staff’s intent with the facility. 

So, to be clear:

The WRF was designed and constructed to improve the reliability of the CCSD’s potable water supply during drought conditions and other dry periods. The facility is designed to provide a reliable water supply to the CCSD’s service connections. The CCSD water system currently serves 4,034 service connections (commercial and residential) while delivering an average of 520 AFY of water to its customers. The WRF would initially serve to satisfy existing connections[1], but during future operations, impact assessments would be determined based on research studies, biological assessments, and impacts on other stakeholders to determine whether this mechanism would be adequate to serve existing commitments.

1. Per the CCSD Municipal Code (Title 8), “existing commitments” means service commitments made to CCSD customers, including active service commitments, non-active service commitments (commonly known as "grandfathers"), and parks/landscape/irrigation commitments, as established by Section 8.04.030 of the CCSD Municipal Code. It does not include waitlist properties.

We have established a meeting with the Coastal Commission in the third week of June to discuss their most recent comments on the Draft Project Description.  I will have an update for the community shortly after. 

Should you have any further questions about the definitions of our District’s Utilities water and sewer allocation, please refer to Title 8 of the CCSD- Municipal Code - Utility Service Systems Administration here:

CORE AREA: Wastewater Service
STRATEGIC GOAL: Execute Phased Repairs and Upgrades for the Wastewater Treatment System

Monitor project expenditures and performance during the construction phase

Ongoing monthly review of project expenditures with the Utilities Department Manager, Wastewater Systems Superintendent, and Water Systems Superintendent. 

Revise any District Policies or Procedures to incorporate findings, as appropriate based on learnings from tracking project

Future objective.

Establish priorities and an implementation plan for CIP wastewater projects not in the SST

Second Quarter 2024.

Define the extent of repairs needed to reduce the inflow and infiltration

Second Quarter 2025.

CORE AREA: Fire Protection and Emergency Services
STRATEGIC GOAL: Provide Optimal Fire Protection, Water Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services on a 24/7 Basis

Update the CCSD Board on any and all changes to evacuation planning within the District

A letter was reviewed and approved by the Board on 7/13/2023. The letter was mailed to the property owners. The CCSD is still engaging in dialogue with the property owners. 

Prepare and provide to the Board a Fire Prevention Plan for Cambria for Board consideration

Fourth quarter 2024.

Report on the progress of implementing the Zonehaven System and the emergency alert system

The Cambria Fire Department crews are handing out magnets to citizens when appropriate on calls, etc.  The public is encouraged to stop by the fire station to pick up a magnet or come to the "Meet the Fire Chief." 

Be prepared for the next natural disaster by KNOWING YOUR ZONE. Know Your Zone in 5 Easy Steps:

  1. Visit – type your address in the search bar or use your current address. 
  2. Click on the highlighted zone and locate the number listed in the zone description panel. 
  3. Write your zone down and place it somewhere easily accessible by everyone in your house. 
  4. Click on Subscribe to Alerts to stay updated in case of an emergency.
  5. Explore the information provided in your zone's description panel and bookmark any useful links provided. 

Cambrians are encouraged to download the Genasys Protect application on your smartphone, enter your address, and save your zone.  If you need more information, or if you are having trouble downloading the application or need assistance locating your Zone, please contact Fire Chief Burkey or come to the "Meet the Fire Chief." 

Identify training resources needed to meet State & Federal mandates for emergency personnel

Second Quarter 2024.

CORE AREA: Facilities & Resources
STRATEGIC GOAL: Manage and Provide Stewardship of District Assets, Parks, Recreation, and Open Space in a Timely, Cost-Effective, and Environmentally Sensitive Manner

Define future use and funding for the Veterans’ Hall

On October 19, 2023, the Board of Directors received the Ad Hoc Committee report on future use and funding for the Veterans' Hall.

Complete Cambria Skatepark Project

Our consultant is requesting records to satisfy the project's 1-mile radius surveying. The Transmittal Letter and APE Map are completed. We hope to submit the final report by the end of June.

Complete the East Ranch Restroom Project

The building permit has been issued. The staff has received a service agreement for geological inspections while preparing the building pad for the modular restroom unit. Staff is also seeking bids for ground preparation and building installation. Public Restroom Company has updated the lead time status of the prefabricated restroom to late January.  

Present updated Community Park Plan to the Board of Directors

Fourth Quarter 2024.

Develop a Management Plan for CCSD-Owned undeveloped parcels

Fourth Quarter 2024.


Status of the Wastewater SST Project

Mrs. Dodson created a Wastewater SST Project information page on the website. It is available here:

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