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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 – LAFCO Meets Today On Water Policy

This morning, the Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, will be considering important water supply and water quality issues. The law firm with which I am associated is representing the Community Water Coalition, or CWC, and I will be at the meeting to urge a strong set of policies. Whatever your own views, I encourage you to attend and participate. You can get details on today’s hearing in the transcript of today’s Land Use Report.

Here is an example of one of the issues that will be discussed by LAFCO this morning. A new guideline is proposed that says:

LAFCO recognizes that the water resources of Santa Cruz County are limited, and the Commission will seek to ensure that its decisions relating to water do not lead to adverse impacts on the existing conditions of natural resources of Santa Cruz County. In reviewing extraterritorial service applications, LAFCO will consider potential impacts of the proposal on water resources and will consider the efforts of the water agencies and land use agencies to maintain stream and river flows, promote high water quality of surface waters and ground water, and not add to groundwater overdraft.

If you think this makes sense (or if you disagree) you should let LAFCO know your thoughts!

For KUSP, this is Gary Patton.

More Information:
Gary Patton writes a daily blog, “Two Worlds / 365” – 
Santa Cruz County LAFCO website – 
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The LAFCO hearing will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, located on the Fifth Floor of the Santa Cruz County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. You can communicate with LAFCO by sending an email to the LAFCO Executive Officer, Pat McCormick. He can be reached at - 

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