mouth of the Big Sur River. The point of diversion is two existing agricultural irrigation wells located in the flood plain northwest of the river within the Andrew Molera State Park. The El Sur Ranch (ESR) has submitted three technical documents in support of their Water Rights Application. These documents provide data and technical analyses assessing the environmental impacts from the ground water pumping on the lower reach of the Big Sur River. The two ESR agriculture wells are called the Old Well and the New Well. A third, smaller well, called the Navy Well, is operated by State Parks and Recreation Department, and pumps groundwater from the same aquifer. At the request of the Department of Fish and Game, Agreement No. P0530003, I have reviewed the three technical reports listed below. This letter presents my findings and opinions on the hydrologic, hydrogeologic and biologic data and environmental assessment presented in these reports
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