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Water Talks At Soquel Creek Tonight

Land Use Report, Garry Patton, KUSP, 8/26/14

Local government agencies sometimes hold “Special Meetings,” and when they do that, they do need to provide special public notice. Public participation is at the heart of local self-government.

If you are a resident or business owner in the Soquel Creek Water District, get ready for an important “Special Meeting” tonight! At 6:00 p.m., at the Capitola City Council Chambers, the Board of Directors will discuss its “Conservation Plus” program and (even more important, I’d say) the District’s “Back Up Supplemental Water Supply Options.” I have put a link to a full copy of the Agenda Packet in the transcript of today’s Land Use Report, at use.

It would be hard to overemphasize the importance of the decisions that the Board of Directors might make this evening. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported on Saturday that the groundwater overdraft situation in the District might not be as bad as previously thought. That late-breaking news may affect what happens. On the agenda is a proposal for the District to start working towards the construction of a local, “District only” desalination plant, or to contract to receive water from a proposed “Deep Water Desal” plant in Monterey County, or to start using “recycled water,” or to impose long-term mandatory water rationing. Other options are on the table, as well.

Think about attending that “Special Meeting” tonight!

More Information:

Land Use Links

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Soquel Creek Water District Website

Board Packet – Special Meeting on August 26, 2014

District Website on Back-Up Supplemental Water Supply Options

Sentinel Article On “Brighter Picture” For Soquel Creek Groundwater

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