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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 24

Meeting Date: June 14, 2005

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution certifying the Environmental Impact Report for the Surface Water Treatment Facility – Phase II, CIP Project No. 562-5629.

Prepared by: Engineering: P. Eldredge

Submitted by: Engineering: B. Grewal

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution certifying the Environmental Impact Report for the Surface Water Treatment Facility – Phase II, CIP Project No. 562-5629.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On December 14, 1999, City Council approved Resolution No. 99-254, approving the agreements between East Contra Costa Irrigation District (ECCID), Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) and the City of Brentwood for long-term water supply, conveyance and treatment.

On August 12, 2003, City Council approved Resolution No. 2949, authorizing the City Manager to execute the amendment to the agreement with the Contra Costa Water District pertaining to treated water services.

On August 24, 2004, City Council approved Resolution No. 2004-206, authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Contra Costa Water District pertaining to long term treated water services as a part of the Surface Water Treatment Facility - Phase II, CIP Project No. 562-5629.

BACKGROUND
The agreement between ECCID and the City of Brentwood, approved by the City Council in December 1999, provided the City with the first right of refusal of 14,800 acre-feet of water annually to be used for municipal and industrial purposes. Additionally, the City Council approved an agreement with CCWD in December 1999 to resolve overlapping service boundaries, provide interim treatment of this new found water source at CCWD’s Randall-Bold Water Treatment Plant (RBWTP) and required both agencies to continue discussions for long term treatment possibilities.

Staff from CCWD and the City have been analyzing several options to provide the long term treatment of the City’s raw water supply. The options ranged from the City constructing its own facility adjacent to the Randall-Bold Water Treatment Plant, jointly expand RBWTP with CCWD or construct its own facility. During the analysis of these alternatives, it was determined that a “hybrid” approach was the most optimal and cost effective solution for both the City and CCWD. This approach consists of the City purchasing 3,200 acre-feet/year of existing treatment capacity in the RBWTP and then constructing a scaled down water treatment facility adjacent to the RBWTP. This EIR analyzed these options and found the construction of the new treatment facility adjacent to the existing RBWTP as the environmentally superior alternative. The new treatment facility (phase II) is currently in predesign phase with construction anticipated to commence in late 2006. It is expected that the predesign report will be completed within the next two weeks and staff is currently planning on bringing this before Council at the last meeting in June for review and consideration. Any applicable mitigation measures from the EIR will be incorporated into the design and the construction of this facility.

The City’s environmental consultant for this project, Jones and Stokes and Associates (JSA), has prepared the subject EIR in accordance with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which requires jurisdictional state and local government agencies to consider the environmental consequences of proposed projects. The intent of the subject EIR is to provide information concerning any potential environmental effects of the proposed project and to indicate possible ways to reduce or avoid potential significant effects. It is not the purpose of the EIR to either recommend approval or denial of the proposed project.

JSA has investigated and analyzed the environmental impacts of this project and identified appropriate mitigation measures, which are outlined in the EIR. Comments have been solicited from the public and affected regulatory agencies at the Notice of Preparation and Draft EIR phases. All relevant comments and responses have been incorporated into the Final EIR document. No significant areas of controversy or unresolved substantive issues have arisen since distribution of the Notice of Preparation and the Draft EIR. All impacts were found to be mitigable to levels of insignificance. A mitigation monitoring program has been developed and incorporated into the EIR to ensure that the appropriate mitigation measures are properly administered.

The following categories of environmental effects and recommended mitigation measures were considered in the EIR:

• Land Use
• Biological Resources
• Transportation and Circulation
• Air Quality
• Hydrology and Water Quality
• Utilities and Safety
• Noise and Vibration

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no direct fiscal impact associated with approval of the EIR. Any costs associated with the appropriate mitigation measures have been accounted for in the project budget and will be implemented during the appropriate phase of the project.

Attachments:
Resolution
Site Map
Environmental Impact Report

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD CERTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE SURFACE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY – PHASE II, CIP PROJECT NO. 562-5629.

WHEREAS, on March 10, 1998, City Council approved Resolution No. 98-41, approving the principles of the agreement between East Contra Costa Irrigation District (ECCID), Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) and the City of Brentwood for Long-Term Water Supply and authorizing the City Engineer to continue negotiations with ECCID and CCWD to reach a mutually beneficial agreement for all parties; and

WHEREAS, on December 14, 1999, City Council approved Resolution No. 99-254, approving the agreements between East Contra Costa Irrigation District (ECCID), Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) and the City of Brentwood for long-term water supply, conveyance and treatment; and

WHEREAS, on August 12, 2003, City Council approved Resolution No. 2949, authorizing the City Manager to execute the amendment to the agreement with the Contra Costa Water District pertaining to treated water services; and

WHEREAS, on August 24, 2004, City Council approved Resolution No. 2004-206, authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Contra Costa Water District pertaining to long term treated water services as a part of the Surface Water Treatment Facility - Phase II, CIP Project No. 562-5629; and

WHEREAS, staff from CCWD and the City have been analyzing several options to provide the long term treatment of the City’s raw water supply; and

WHEREAS, during the analysis of these alternatives, it was determined that a “hybrid” approach was the most optimal and cost effective solution for both the City and CCWD; and

WHEREAS, this EIR analyzed these options and found the construction of the new treatment facility adjacent to the existing RBWTP as the environmentally superior alternative; and

WHEREAS, any applicable mitigation measures from the EIR will be incorporated into the design and the construction of this facility; and

WHEREAS, no significant areas of controversy or unresolved substantive issues have arisen since distribution of the Notice of Preparation and the Draft EIR.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby certify the Environmental Impact Report for the Surface Water Treatment Facility – Phase II, CIP Project No. 562-5629.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 14th day of June 2005 by the following vote:

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