Author Archives: RickLonginotti

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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Water Transfers Between Districts

ACTION STEP: The Santa Cruz Council should direct the Water Department to: 1)    Apply now for water rights permission to immediately transfer water to Soquel Creek District 2)    Enter negotiations with Soquel Creek Water District, Scotts Valley Water District and … Continue reading

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EIR flaw of the month

To download the complete comment from California Department of Fish and Wildlife, click here. In what may become a regular feature, we reprint comments on the Draft EIR for the desal project. A look at some of the 400 comments … Continue reading

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Carbon Offsets Debunked

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Conservation Fatigue?

At their April 16th 7pm meeting, the Soquel Creek Water District Board will consider asking customers to cut back on their water use by 15%. This measure is long overdue.

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