Monthly Email Updates

We are currently not sending out email updates on the scwd2 Regional Desalination Project. Below is an archive of the email updates that have been sent out on the proposed project.


Project Update & Latest News– January 6, 2014

City's Water Supply Advisory Committee- Seeking Facilitator and Committee Members

In October 2013, the Santa Cruz City Council directed City staff to develop a detailed community engagement program to examine its water supply issues. City staff has developed the foundation for an engagement process, which includes a professionally facilitated 14-member Water Supply Advisory Committee. The City of Santa Cruz is currently soliciting proposals for professional, experienced, full-service facilitation services to serve as a neutral third-party facilitator as well as interested individuals to serve on the committee.

  • For information on the Request for Proposals for facilitation services, click here
  • Proposals are due by January 16, 2014. For information on the Water Supply Advisory Committee scope of work, click here.
  • To apply for the Water Supply Advisory Committee, click here  for an online application.  Applications are due by January 15, 2014
  • For frequently asked questions about the Water Supply Advisory Committee, click here.

Soquel Creek Water District to Take Closer Look at Mandatory Water Rationing

The Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors is dedicating one meeting a month to focus on learning more about options that could increase water supply or reduce water demand.  While the District remains committed to evaluating the scwd2 Desalination Project with the City of Santa Cruz, they are analyzing other options should the project no longer be considered.  Past topics have included desalination and surface water transfers. 

On January 7, 2014 at 7pm the Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors will discuss further exploring mandatory water rationing as an option to allow the District to reduce overall groundwater pumping by approximately 35%.   The meeting, to be held at Capitola’s Council Chambers (420 Capitola Ave., Capitola), is open the public and the Board welcomes input.    

Mandatory water rationing  was initially explored by the District in 2012 as a last resort back-up plan to prevent seawater intrusion.  The plan was conceptually designed to reduce overall water use by 35% for at least 20 years in the absence of any supplemental water supply solution.  At the upcoming meeting, staff will present a summary of the original rationing option as well as proposed modifications to help address concerns and further explore the feasibility of the mandatory water rationing plan.

For more information, click here .  These meetings are being recorded by Community TV of Santa Cruz County for playbacks on their government/public affairs channel 25/71. 

Check Out These Links to  Weekly Water Update in Santa Cruz and the US Weekly Drought Monitor Maps

Did you know that the City of Santa Cruz maintains a weekly update of the water conditions in Santa Cruz? Are you curious about how much rainfall we’ve received or how much water is in Loch Lomond?  Check it out here .

As of December 31, we’ve received about 1.3 inches of rainfall for this season- which is 88% less than the normal rainfall to date (11.01 inches).

Another resource is the US Drought Monitor that publishes weekly maps of drought conditions.  To view the map showing the western US states, include California, click here

2014 Monthly Email Updates (in.pdf or web browser)

Month Topics
January 6, 2014 City's Water Supply Advisory Committee, District's Conceptual Mandatory Water Rationing, and Weather Update

2013 Monthly Email Updates (in.pdf or web browser)

Month Topics
December 4, 2013 SC Moves Forward with Advisory Committee, District Continues Back Up Option Exploration
November 6, 2013 City to Consider Community Engagement Process and EIR Approaches,Disrict Looks At Back-Up Options, City Extends Curtailment
October 2, 2013 City Council Calls for Community Engagement on October 8, Update to EIR Comments, Summertime Water Shortage Update
September 4,2013 EIR Update, Protect Your Groundwater Day, and Summertime Water Shortage Update
August 7, 2013 Your Input is Important, City and District to take closer look at refining project components, Quick Links to Videos on Youtube
July 8, 2013 City and District extend comment period to August 12, key environmental findings are for proposed project, understanding brine infographic, and meeting materials from July 1 public hearing
June 4, 2013 Two new videos released on local water shortages and proposed desal project, commenting on the draft EIR and meeting materials from June 3 meeting
May 31, 2013 Public Hearing on June 3 and Commenting on the Draft EIR
May 2013 Special Joint Study Session, Draft EIR and Community Guide to be released 5/13, Summertime Curtailment, and New Handouts
April 2013 Joint Special Study Session, Summertime Curtailment, Earth Day Booth and scwd2 Email Updates
March 2013 Draft EIR On-track for Spring Release, Short Videos on Brine and Marine Issues, Dry Year May Mean Curtailment Later, and Groundwater Awareness Week
February 2013 Rainfall and Water Restriction Update, County's Annual Status Report, and On-line Questionnaire
January 2013 2012 Year in Review, EIR in Spring, and TF Meeting Schedule


2012 Monthly Email Updates (in.pdf)

Month Topics
December 2012 City Water Commission reviews purpose and need for supplemental supply, Soquel Creek WD takes closer look at life without a supplemental supply, and Carlsbad Project approved and moving forward
November 2012 Three E's for November, water restriction ends October 31, Dan Kriege retires
October 2012 Project information, recent coverage in SC Sentinel, Soquel Creek Water District updates water planning roadmap, and more
September 2012 SC Water Commission takes larger role, Congressman Sam Farr, Measure P and more
August 2012 Upcoming Sentinel series, latest ballot initiative, and water awareness booth
July 2012 Ballot inititiative, preliminary design report, and scwd2 task force meetings
June 2012 Ballot initiative, conservation-only analysis by Soquel Creek Water District, EIR schedule
May 2012 Similarities and differences with City's ordinance and ballot initiative, new project overview sheet, 5% curtailment May-October
April 2012 5% curtailment, scwd2 receives national recognition with AAEE, Earth Day info booth on desal project
March 2012 City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District declare proposed desal project will be net carbon neutral, City ordinance to put desal to vote in 2014
February 17, 2012 City proposes ordinance  for community vote on desalination
February 2012 Video footage on Energy and Greenhouse Gases related to desalination
January 2012 Highlights from 2011, EIR schedule, status of rainfall readings, and meeting materials from community meeting on energy.

2011 Monthly Email Updates (in.pdf)

2010 Monthly Email Updates (in.pdf)

2009 Monthly Updates

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