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Draft Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Sustainability Plan to be released in July - June 2019

California has over 500 groundwater basins and only 21 are classified as “high-priority basins in critical overdraft.” The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin is one of these 21 basins.

What Does Critical Overdraft Mean?

In the Santa Cruz Mid-County, critical overdraft means our freshwater supply is threatened by active seawater contamination at the coast and a locally developed Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) must be in place by January 31, 2020 that addresses how to achieve a sustainable basin by 2040.

Monterey Bay Area High School Students Awarded for Their Videos about Water-Wise Gardening

Nine winners were recognized for their original videos about Water Wise Gardens at the Soquel Creek Water District Board Meeting on May 21, 2019. There will be other recognition ceremonies for the winning videos in late June in Carmel, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. The fifth annual student-made video contest this year was organized by the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County (WCC), and the Monterey County Water Awareness Committee (WAC). Over 90 videos were submitted from the following high schools in the Monterey Bay area: Aptos, Carmel, Gonzales, Pajaro Valley, Scotts Valley and Watsonville High School! 

District releases RFQ for Progressive Design Build Services for the Conveyance Project of Pure Water Soquel

A two-step procurement approach for the Conveyance Project of Pure Water Soquel Program has been initiated with this issuance of a request for qualifications (RFQ) for progressive design build services.   The new conveyance included in this solicitation is for the design and construction of:

Groundwater Recharge Testing at Mid-County Locations

The County of Santa Cruz and the Soquel Creek Water District will be conducting groundwater recharge testing at two sites to investigate potential stormwater capture projects.

Soquel Creek Water District Honored With “Transparency Certificate of Excellence”

The Soquel Creek Water District (District) proudly announces that it has been honored by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF), a state-wide nonprofit dedicated to providing recognition and professional certifications to special district officials and employees. For the third time since 2015, the District has received the Transparency Certificate of Excellence. The District is also honored that its General Manager, Ron Duncan, has received the distinguished Special District Administrator Certification.


To align with the statutory requirements of Senate Bill 998 (SB998), enacted by the California legislature in September 2018 the District will be changing due dates and past due notifications.

State-Wide Legislative Actions with Local Water Impacts - April 2019

This month I want to share with you some interesting State legislative news related to water:

SB 332: Local Water Reliability Act (Introduced 2019)

Did you know that statewide, about 400 billion gallons of treated effluent water thrown away every year? That’s 1.1 billion gallons a day! Just imagine if more communities developed programs and projects to recycle water for irrigation or for purification – statewide we’d dramatically increase water resiliency and security.

#INTHISTOGETHER. Can You Remember these 10 Water Soundbites? - March 2019

With unlimited access to information and opinions in today’s modern world, it’s often hard to discern what is factual and what isn’t.  With my busy schedule as a working Mom, juggling family life, my son’s sports schedule, and of course my hobbies too, I find that I seem to catch soundbites of current events and issues, and it’s often the more scintillating ones that get stuck in my head.

City of Santa Cruz Tertiary Membrane Pilot Project Wins 2018 Engineering Achievement Award

On Feb. 8 the City of Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility (SCWWTF) was awarded the 2018 Engineering Achievement Award from the California Water Environment Association (Monterey Bay Section) for a pilot project that evaluated tertiary treatment technology in a joint effort with Soquel Creek Water District (District).

Soquel Creek Water District Ceremoniously Breaks Ground on Seawater Intrusion Prevention Recharge Pilot Well

The Soquel Creek Water District ceremonially broke ground yesterday on a pilot well which will be used to determine recharge and extraction capacity of the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin. Once operational, the well data will help the District better understand how the aquifer can be replenished to prevent seawater contamination with the goal of developing a system of recharge wells to protect the groundwater basin and prevent further seawater intrusion.