Basin Management Plan for the Pajaro Valley, Central Coast of California

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by Eric B. Cartwright, James M. Montgomery, Consulting Engineers Inc, Sacramento, United States,
Larry C. Davis, James M. Montgomery, Consulting Engineers Inc, Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources

Abstract: The Pajaro Valley, a coastal basin located along California's Central Coast, is primarily an agricultural valley with over 90 percent of its water supplied from local groundwater pumping. As is the case with many coastal basins in California, the Pajaro Basin is in a state of overdraft with seawater intrusion extending several miles inland. The use of a hydrologic simulation model enabled the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PVWMA) to investigate the groundwater level and quality response of the Pajaro Basin to several combinations of nonstructural and structural alternatives considered as possible salinity control elements of a Basin Management Plan. The application of the model and how the results were used in the planning process are discussed.

Subject Headings: Basins | Water supply | Hydrologic models | Coastal management | Salt water | Water quality | Water resources | Sea water | Irrigation water | North America | California | United States

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