Supervisors consider LCP update and wells, Tuesday

Letter

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Thu, November 26, 2009


There are two important items on the Board of Supervisors agenda.

The Board will consider their position on the Coastal Commission’s recommended modifications to the Midcoast LCP Update AND they will also consider an interim urgency ordinance prohibiting new groundwater drinking wells in most of the Montara and Moss Beach area.  However, Seal Cove is not included in this area, as somehow it was not included in the Kleinfelter Report study area. Seal Cove is one of the most critically short water areas of the Midcoast.

The Big Wave developers will be at the BOS meeting on Tuesday, December 1. And they will also show up at the Coastal Commission hearing in San Francisco on December 10 when they consider taking action on the LCP Amendments. Some of the Coastal Commission staff recommended modifications to the LCP will affect Big Wave, so they will be arguing against them.

There are two very important meeting to attend - next Tuesday at 9:15 at the Board of Supervisors and Thursday, December 10 at the Coastal Commission meeting at City Hall, San Francisco. The San Mateo County item is 18.a., and will be heard sometime in the afternoon.

Board of Supervisors December 1 Agenda

Coastal Commission December Agenda

sabrina brennan
http://www.thepelicaneye.com/


Sabrina,

I had a question about the proposed Ordinance: 

You wrote: “However, Seal Cove is not included in this area, as somehow it was not included in the Kleinfelter Report study area. Seal Cove is one of the most critically short water areas of the Midcoast.”

While the land west of the Seal Cove Fault was not studied in the Kleinfelter Report, some of the maps in the report appear to include Seal Cove in Lower Moss Beach Aquifer(part of the area within the urban boundary).  Despite the fault being there, parts of Seal Cove could be construed to be in the Airport drainage. Is Seal Cove portion of Moss Beach in or out of the moratorium ordinance?

Thanks.

AN URGENCY ORDINANCE AMENDING, ON AN INTERIM BASIS, CHAPTER 4.68 OF THE SAN MATEO COUNTY ORDINANCE CODE TO PROHIBIT THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF WATER WELLS IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE SAN MATEO COUNTY MIDCOAST: http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/bos.dir/BosAgendas/agendas2009/CurrentAgenda/20091201_o_7.htm

Midcoast areas excluded from the Kleinfelder study area should be included in the proposed restriction on new wells located in the Lower Moss Beach Subarea, the Dean Creek subarea, the Upper Moss Beach Subarea, the Lighthouse Subarea, the Portola Subarea, the Lower Montara Creek Subarea, and the Montara Terrace Subbasin.

Seal Cove was excluded from the Kleinfelder study area.  I’m not sure if Seal Cove will be included in the on-going Phase III Midcoast Water study.

The Seal Cove area, based on the early study of wells, was the most problematic of all the Midcoast groundwater basins. The County should include Seal Cove in the restriction on new wells.