Santa Cruz city leaders have abandoned a Soquel Creek Water District desalination plant; so, what’s next?
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David Shaw is organizing a series called Restore the Watershed at UCSC to discuss water conservation in the face of what he calls “global climate weirding.”
The fight against desalination in Santa Cruz, 2010 til today.
Laurie Egan got her friends at the Coastal Watershed Council to dress up in life jackets when Santa Cruz city council discussed the future of the San Lorenzo River.
One reader dismisses concerns about public water, while another gets deep into the real reason for corked wine.
What happens when an elected official—acting alone—says thanks but no thanks to tens of thousands of dollars for his financially struggling district to study an issue that a) is hugely important to that district and b) he vehemently opposes?
The environmental impact report for the Santa Cruz desal plant, originally due September 2011, has been delayed a second time. Now city staff has given up on estimating specific months and instead started ballparking seasons.
New figures unveiled at a June 14 forum didn’t bode particularly well for a plan environmentalists hope could be an alternative to desalination. County water resources director John Ricker spoke at a forum hosted by the Engineers for Water Alternatives.
Engineers for Water Alternatives is hosting a June 14 forum about conjunctive use, also known as water swapping, which is currently being studied by the county. The possible swap would involve pumping the San Lorenzo River’s surplus flows to other places in the county. The idea has made county water resource director John Ricker, who leads the study, quite popular with desal opponents—even though Ricker has doubts that this is the game-changer environmentalists have been awaiting.
It might be an overstatement to say Santa Cruz’s discussion over desalination has been blown out of the water, but it definitely just changed. Mayor Don Lane and Councilmember David Terrazas will propose an ordinance at the next city council meeting that would put a desal plant to a vote sooner rather than later, as outlined in a statement released Wednesday, Feb. 15.