3-minute video featuring Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant
and Soquel Creek Water District Board President Tom LaHue
talking about their agencies' water shortage challenges.
of Santa Cruz Water Department (City) and
Soquel Creek Water District
(District) have been collaborating to conserve, protect and create
reliable water resources. Both have already implemented numerous
stringent conservation and curtailment requirements to maximize
efficient water use, but the region needs a reliable supplemental
water source that will (1) provide needed supply during droughts,
(2) allow for more water to be left in local streams and rivers
to protect threatened and endangered species, and (3) restore protective
groundwater levels to help prevent contamination of our groundwater
supply by seawater intrusion.
After over 20 years of multiple studies and public meetings,
the City and District have identified a portfolio of existing supplies,
conservation, cutbacks during droughts, and a supplemental supply
to meet its customer's needs.
Desalination was identified as the potential supplemental supply
to further evaluate. In 2007, the City and District joined together
to address their different needs and share the costs associated
with evaluating the proposed project.
This program is currently in an Environmental Review
process evaluating the potential for a 2.5 million gallon per day
desalination facility in Santa Cruz. No decision has yet
been made on the actual construction of the proposed project.
Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is scheduled for release
on May 13, 2013
The Draft EIR is scheduled for release on May 13, 2013.
During the 60-day comment period, interested public agencies,
organizations, community groups, and individuals are encouraged
to submit their written comments on the adequacy of the Draft
EIR. For information on the EIR process, click
access the on-line library of environmental review reports,
including the Draft EIR and appendices, click
Hard copies of the Draft EIR and a CD of the appendices are
located at several locations throughout the City and District's
3-minute video on the proposed project and how to
participate in the EIR Review Process.
The City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District will
be holding two public hearings to take oral and written comments,
one on June 3 and a second meeting on July 1. For more
34-page guidebook to the draft EIR has also been created.
Community Guide provide a summary and overview of the
proposed project and key elements of the environmental
analysis provided in the Draft EIR, including environmental
design features, mitigation measures, and feasible
alternatives. The guide also provides information about the
environmental review process and how to provide comments on
the Draft EIR.
Why is a supplemental supply needed for the City
of Santa Cruz?