Notice of Public Meeting San Diego River Conservancy – May 12, 2022

Notice of Public Meeting
San Diego River Conservancy

A public meeting of the Governing Board of
The San Diego River Conservancy
will be held Thursday, May 12, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

County of San Diego Administration Center
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 302
San Diego, California 92101

Teleconference Location:
California Natural Resources Agency
715 P Street, 20th Floor @ Farallon Room (NRHQ 20-105)
Sacramento, CA 95814

For Questions Contact: Wendell Taper at or (619) 390-0568



Meeting Agenda

The Board may take agenda items out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum, unless noted as time specific.

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes (ACTION)

Consider approval of minutes for the March 10, 2022 meeting.

3. Public Comment (INFORMATIONAL)

Any person may address the Governing Board at this time regarding any matter within the Board’s authority. Presentations will be limited to three minutes for individuals and five minutes for representatives of organizations. Submission of information in writing is encouraged. The Board is prohibited by law from taking any action on matters that are discussed that are not on the agenda; no adverse conclusions should be drawn by the Board’s not responding to such matters or public comments.

4. Chairperson’s and Governing Board Members’ Report (INFORMATIONAL)

5. Deputy Attorney General Report (INFORMATIONAL/ ACTION)

6. Health and Safety Report (INFORMATIONAL)

7. Helix Water District Notice of Surplus Property (ACTION)

The Conservancy received notice of surplus property for APN 391-061-28 which includes approximately 230 acres in El Monte Valley in the community of Lakeside, County of San Diego. San Diego River Conservancy Board will consider waiving the surplus property and its first right of refusal for this property located adjacent to the San Diego River corridor.

Available for Q & A:
Debbie Lundy, Senior ROW Agent/Environmental Analyst, Helix Water District

8. Senate Bill 1027 (INFORMATIONAL)

The San Diego River Conservancy Act (Act) establishes the San Diego River Conservancy in the Natural Resources Agency, and prescribes the territory, functions, and duties of the Conservancy. The Act provides that the conservancy has all rights and powers, expressed or implied, necessary to carry out the purposes of the Act. This bill would modify the definition of the San Diego River area to mean those lands located within the watershed of the San Diego River, from its headwaters near Julian to the Pacific Ocean at Dog Beach in San Diego. The bill would also revise the definition of a tribal nation under the Act to mean a Kumeyaay Band that is a federally recognized tribe or a non-federally recognized California Native American tribe that is on the contact list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission contact list.

Deanna Spehn, Policy Director for Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins

9. Lakeside Fire District’s Proposal for Three Repeater Towers located in the community of Lakeside (ACTION)

The Lakeside Fire Protection District submitted an application under the Conservancy’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Grant Program. The proposed project will enhance the communications capabilities through the procurement of equipment and services to continue development of regional conventional/very high frequency (VHF) interoperable voice communication systems and to provide VHF coverage in existing dead zone areas, to assist local, tribal, state and federal fire agencies responding to wildfires in the San Diego River watershed. If approved, funding would be provided through the Budget Acts of 2020 and 2021.

Donald Butz, Fire Chief, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Recommendation: Approve Resolution 22-06

10. East County Advanced Water Purification Program (INFORMATIONAL)

The East County Advanced Water Purification Program (Program) will create a local, sustainable, and drought-proof drinking water supply for East County customers of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District and Helix Water District. The project is expected to satisfy up to 30% of East County’s drinking water demands. This Program will use state-of-the-art technology to purify recycled water and diversify East County’s water supply while reducing dependence on imported water.

Kyle Swanson, Assistant General Manager, Padre Dam Municipal Water District

11. City of San Diego – Pure Water San Diego (INFORMATIONAL)

Pure Water San Diego is the City of San Diego’s phased, multi-year program that will provide more than 40% of the City of San Diego’s water supply locally by the end of 2035. The Pure Water San Diego Program will use water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. The Program offers a cost-effective investment for San Diego’s water needs and will provide a reliable, sustainable water supply.

Andrea Demich, PE
Assistant Deputy Director, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department

12. Keeping San Diego Fire Safe, partnership between the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County and the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County (INFORMATIONAL)

The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego County has expanded existing programs for defensible space, chipping and educational outreach to mitigate risk of wildfire to assist private landowners through fuel reduction activities in the County of San Diego. The Conservancy Board awarded a $3.5 million grant to expand their existing programs. The Resource Conservation District will provide an update on project implementation. Grant was funded through the Wildfire Early Action Plan, Budget Act of 2020.

Ann Baldridge, Executive Director, Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego

13. Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL/ ACTION)

The following topics may be included in the Executive Officer’s Report. The Board may take action regarding any of them:

  • State Conservancy’s meeting April 20-22 in Los Angeles

14. Next Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting will be held Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

15. Adjournment


If you require a disability related modification or accommodation to participate in this meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please call Wendell Taper at 619-390-0568 or Julia Richards at 619-507-5085