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Aquifer recharge in pictures

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Desal Alternatives Endorses Plan

Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives Statement on Water Supply Advisory Committee Recommendations Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives applauds the work of the City’s Water Supply Advisory Committee, and we support the Committee’s final recommendations to the City Council.

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Understanding the WSAC Recommendations

On Nov 10th, the City Council will study the recommendations resulting from 18 months of meetings of the Water Supply Advisory Committee and vote on those recommendations on Nov 24th.  Here are some highlights of the plan: Q. What are … Continue reading

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Why I’m Celebrating

I had serious misgivings about the energy consumption of the proposed desalination plant when it was adopted into City policy in 2005. In 2009 I had time to do something about it.

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Statement on WSAC Proposal

As of this date, the Desal Alternatives group has developed this statement on the WSAC proposal for aquifer recharge: Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives strongly supports the proposed regional water security strategy of storing excess winter flows from the river in … Continue reading

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Thinking About Energy Impacts

Dear Committee Members, If you ever wondered what is motivating my interest in water, you’ll find it in this memo. I’m convinced that all of us on the WSAC are concerned about energy use. As an electrical contractor, I’ve worried … Continue reading

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Position on Direct Potable ReUse

The following is the position of the Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives group on potable use of recycled wastewater. There are several serious drawbacks to Direct Potable Reuse (sending treated wastewater directly into the potable water distribution system) which should negate … Continue reading

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Conservation Working Group Report

A five-member working group of the Water Supply Advisory Committee (WSAC) has reported to the WSAC its recommendations for augmenting the City’s Draft Conservation Plan. The Water Department will evaluate those recommendations and work with members of the working group … Continue reading

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Aquifer Recharge Begins at Home

Maximizing Rainwater Infiltration in Our Landscapes Tuesday, May 26th, 7-8:30pm,  Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Ave. Low cost measures to maximize rainwater infiltration on individual properties can contribute to recharging our depleted groundwater aquifers. Find out how to be part … Continue reading

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Habitat Benefits of Aquifer Recharge

from Bruce Van Allen: So now we get to the habitat benefits of recharging our aquifers. A good example would be Bean Creek, which comes down from the Scotts Valley basin as a major tributary of the San Lorenzo River. … Continue reading

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