Author Archives: RickLonginotti

Conservation Working Group Report

The Conservation Working Group of the Water Supply Advisory Committee has published its recommendations. The Water Department is scheduled to evaluate those recommendations, including the recommendation that the goal of conservation be to reduce demand by 150 million gallons during … 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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Price Water to Encourage Conservation

March 3rd, 7pm City Council Meeting on Water Rate Structure A basic principle of conservation pricing is to charge for water based on how much water is used. The more you use, the more you pay. Although this seems like … Continue reading

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Pennies from Heaven

Here’s what I’ve been hearing people say about the rain, “I wish we could store more of it”. That just about sums up Santa Cruz’s water problem. We get plenty of rain at times and can go for long periods … Continue reading

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Conservation Reduces Drought Shortfall

The City’s Water Supply Advisory Committee (WSAC)  is trying to analyze strategies that would reduce the City’s water supply shortfall during drought years. The question is, just how big a shortfall are we facing during drought years? Climate changes could … Continue reading

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Myth: A Carbon Neutral Desal Plant

The Santa Cruz City Council as well as the Board of the Soquel Creek Water District expressed their desire that the proposed desal plant be carbon neutral. There is a big difference between that desire and the feasibility of accomplishing … Continue reading

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Conservation Lessons Video

The one-hour video is now online of our forum on Conservation: Lessons Learned, with Conner Everts discussing Australia and Ron Duncan discussing the Soquel Creek Water District. Or watch the video on Community TV, Channel 27, Thursdays 8/14, 8/21, 8/28, … Continue reading

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Water Neutral Growth

Growth Increases Our Drought Risk Santa Cruz needs water policies that will allow reasonable growth to continue without increasing demand for water.That way we can effectively manage our drought risk. A 2004 City Water Department report(1) put it this way: … Continue reading

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Equitable Water Pricing: Who Pays and Who Benefits from Water Supply Strategies?

 People affected by change have to be deeply involved in the crafting of solutions—they are going to pay for them either economically or through changes in how they live. We need more democracy, not less.   - William Ruckelshaus, the first … Continue reading

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