The Water Resources Agency manages, protects, stores and conserves water resources in Monterey County for beneficial and environmental use, while minimizing damage from flooding to create a safe and sustainable water supply for present and future generations.
The Agency was formed in 1947 by State law, which established the Monterey County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and was organized as a division of the Department of Public Works. In the late 50s, the Monterey County Flood Control and Water Conservation District became autonomous with the district Engineer reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors. In January of 1991, new legislation (SB 2580) changed the name of the Agency to the Monterey County Water Resources Agency to more accurately reflect its powers and functions. In addition to the Agency's responsibility for flood plain management and emergency flood-related preparedness, the Agency has jurisdiction over matters pertaining to water within the entire area of the County of Monterey, including both incorporated and unincorporated areas. The Agency is authorized to conserve water in any manner, to buy, sell and purvey water, to prevent the waste or diminution of the water extractions which are determined to be harmful to the groundwater basin.
The Agency owns two dams (Nacimiento and San Antonio) that are integral parts of the Agency's mission to provide flood control services and maintain water resources for the County of Monterey.
Board of Directors
The Agency is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors who are appointed by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency Board of Supervisors. Directors must be residents of Monterey County and possess backgrounds and experience indicating a high level of interest or expertise in areas relating to the Agency's work. Each of the five members of the Board of Supervisors selects one member for the Board of Directors, with the remaining four directors being appointed by a majority vote of the Supervisors from nominees submitted by the following groups or organizations: Monterey County Farm Bureau; Grower-Shipper Association; City Select Committee; and, the Monterey County Agricultural Advisory Committee. The term of office for each director is four years. Directors may be reappointed at the end of their terms.
Duties of the Board of Directors, with the assistance of staff, include the following:
- Establishes short and long-term policy objectives for the Agency, subject to review by the Board of Supervisors;
- Prepares an annual budget;
- Holds public hearings on proposed budget;
- Approves all contracts for which funds have been budgeted.
Board of Directors Agenda and Minutes
Regular Board of Directors’ meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Board of Supervisor's chambers at 168 W. Alisal, Salinas,CA, unless otherwise noticed.
BOD Committee Agenda and Minutes
Committee meetings are held monthly in the Water Resources Agency Board Room as follows:
Last Thursday @ 1:30 PM
|Basin Management Plan||
First Wednesday @ 8:30 AM
First Wednesday @ 10:00 AM
|Personnel and Administration||
First Friday @ 8:30 AM
First Friday @ 10:00 AM
2017 Regular Board of Directors and Committee Meeting Schedule
Regular Board of Directors' and BOD Committee meetings scheduled for 2017 can be found here