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Background Information

Employment History


San Benito County Water District

, P. E., Deput District Engineer

San Benito County Water District

District Engineer

Marina Coast Water District

County Water District Manager

San Benito Water Agency


bachelor's degree

environmental engineering

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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The project description, on which ... [cached]

The project description, on which officials are working, is the "critical piece" toward starting the treatment's environmental review, said San Benito County Water District Manager Jeff Cattaneo.

Since this is the first infestation this far west, she said it's important to understand how these shellfish respond to warmer waters.
All of this research, according to Retallack, will be useful in allowing the agencies to learn how to "prevent future infestations and eliminate the species from the state."
"It is a serious threat to California waters," she said.

Marina Coast Water District (MCWD) : Customer Service [cached]

Jeff Cattaneo - District Engineer

March, 2013 | Hollister Water Improvement Project [cached]

San Benito County Water District Manager Jeff Cattaneo gave a description of the Hollister groundwater basin and a brief history of surface water in San Benito, with an emphasis on the significance of the San Felipe Project, which was approved by voters in 1977 and imports water from the Central Valley Project. It includes the San Luis Reservoir, which provides water to San Benito and Santa Clara counties through a cooperative operating agreement.

Water from the San Felipe Project transformed the local agricultural economy by providing a source of reliable, high-quality water for local farmers. Cattaneo also explained that the San Felipe project "always envisioned that there would be water available for the city of Hollister and local residents.

Potash, or potassium chloride, is a ... [cached]

Potash, or potassium chloride, is a type of salt, said San Benito County Water District Manager Jeff Cattaneo.

"It's the same thing if you went to the store and bought salt substitute," he said.
The application of potash to zebra mussels disrupts the creatures' ability to filter feed and takes from a week to two weeks to be effective, Cattaneo said, adding that the amount left in the water after the treatment "would be equivalent to the amount of potassium you'd get in a banana."
"There are red-legged frogs and tiger salamanders in the area, so any activity we engage in has to be evaluated for the risk to any of those species," Cattaneo said. "We're hoping that we're going to get the permit from the state Environmental Protection Agency for the application of the potash to control mussels in the next 30 to 60 days. Then we'll move forward with the Bureau of Reclamation and the fish and wildlife service to get a permit for them to do the application."
If the approval is not gained by September, "we probably won't be able to do the treatment this year because we won't be able to do the water draw-down process to get the reservoir at a point where we can do the application of potash in the winter when water demand is the lowest," Cattaneo said.
"It has created a lot of concern for the folks that use the reservoir, but those critters getting out of the reservoir would be devastating to the state," Cattaneo said. "There's an unbelievable population explosion right now [in San Justo]. The conditions for them are perfect; the water temperature is right and the oxygen content is just right."
While the mussels are flourishing, Cattaneo said "there is no indication that they are spreading" beyond the reservoir.
"That's the reason for limiting public access - to minimize them being transported" by attaching themselves to boats that might visit other waterways, he said.
"We have no reason to believe that we won't be successful," Cattaneo said. "If we don't get rid of them, we'll come up with a different management strategy."
Completely draining the reservoir is not an option, he said, because there would still be a "dead pool" of water - an amount that cannot be drained out, "and you'd still be stuck with having to apply potash regardless of how much you'd drain the water down."
Having the reservoir closed for a year and a half is not a total surprise to Cattaneo, who said, "I don't think anybody realized how complex the problem was and how many environmental laws have to be satisfied before we go forward with the project."The surrounding neighborhood has an eclectic mix of architecture styles that include everything from Pioneer style, Gothic revival, Craftsman bungalow and Mediterranean revival, among others.

Monterey County Herald | 02/07/2007 | Your Town [cached]

Jeff Cattaneo has been named district engineer of the Marina Coast Water District.

Cattaneo was previously engineer for the San Benito County Water District and worked as a design engineer in Louisville, Ky.
He holds a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and has six years of experience in water supply management, treatment plant design and project management.

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