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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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Desal Music Video

Check out this 6 minute video “Clear and Free” in which local artists sing in celebration of our home and watershed—and the need to take care of it. Here are the lyrics:

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How We Got in this Mess: Soquel Creek District

I like the definition of environmental sustainability as “providing for current needs without degrading the ecosystem that will support future generations”.  We know our water use is not sustainable when saltwater is steadily intruding into the groundwater in the Pajaro … Continue reading

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Economic Prosperity vs. Environment?

The question of whether to allow the City of Santa Cruz to grant water service to an expanded UCSC campus has consequences for endangered salmon as well as for our local economy.  A question with such consequences is not unique … Continue reading

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Agenda for Water Security

The Santa Cruz City Council’s passage of an ordinance to put the decision on desalination in the hands of the voters suggests that the community and City government can now move forward together to address our water challenges. The following … Continue reading

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