Stormwater Capture

About Stormwater Capture

Capturing available storm water may provide some water to aid in recharging the groundwater basin.

Current Activities

The District has identified several locations which may be suitable for stormwater recharge based on stormwater runoff patterns and records of soil and aquifer conditions. The District is working on confirming recharge site suitability with on-site testing and analysis to get a clearer idea of how much water may be recharged, what water treatment may be needed, and which technologies may be appropriate in each location. The District would likely choose one site as a pilot of this concept and if it is successful, could install more stormwater projects as part of a long term conservation and supply strategy. The goal is for each stormwater recharge project to recharge approximately 10 to 50 acre-feet of water per year. This project relies on the cooperation of landowners and some sites may run into permitting challenges.

  • May 19, 2019 Press Release on Testing of Stormwater Capture at Two Locations
  • Fact Sheet (PDF)


  • Lead Agency: Soquel Creek Water District and the County of Santa Cruz
  • Estimated Cost: Unknown at this time.