Press Releases

Soquel Creek Water District Helps Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery Create Environmental Education/Water Conservation “Eco Home” Interactive Exhibit

Among the core values of the Soquel Creek Water District are Environmental Stewardship and Collaboration. Both of these values are highlighted in the District’s enthusiastic partnership and award of a grant to support the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery’s (MOD) “Eco Home” interactive exhibit. Construction of this remarkable, creative, and fun project got underway at the museum in mid-2019. With periodic work continuing during the pandemic, the project is now complete.  

Soquel Creek Water District Swears in First Female Board President Rachél Lather

At its Board meeting last night, Soquel Creek Water District swore in Board member Rachél Lather as President of the Board. The duties of the President include overall leadership of the Board in carrying out its responsibilities and developing policy, presiding over Board meetings, representing the District with other agencies, making Board committee assignments, and other functions.   

Soquel Creek Water District Receives $88.9 Million Low-Interest Loan from US EPA for Pure Water Soquel Construction

The Soquel Creek Water District (District) is pleased to announce that its low-interest loan from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been officially approved, to be used toward construction of the Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project. The loan, up to a maximum of $88.9 million at an interest rate of 1.34%, is part of the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funding program. 

Soquel Creek Water District Awarded $50 Million Prop 1 State Grant for Pure Water Soquel

The Soquel Creek Water District is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a State Proposition 1 Groundwater Implementation Grant in the amount of $50 million, for its Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project. The award was unanimously made at today’s State Water Resources Control Board meeting in Sacramento. 

Court Rules in Favor of Pure Water Soquel Project

On November 15th, Superior Court Judge Timothy J. Schmal in Santa Cruz County ruled in favor of the Soquel Creek Water District on all elements of a legal action brought against the District earlier this year. The legal action alleged insufficiencies in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project. The District’s Board of Directors certified the EIR and approved the project on December 18, 2018.

Soquel Creek Water District Chosen as a Recipient for a Federal Low-Interest Loan of $49 Million for its Pure Water Soquel Project

The Soquel Creek Water District was chosen by the US Environmental Protection Agency to submit an application for a $49 million low-interest loan through its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program. The funds will be used toward design and construction of the District’s Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project.

Soquel Creek Water District Named One of Bay Area’s Top Workplaces for 2019

Soquel Creek Water District has been recognized as one of 85 Top Workplaces in 2019 by The Bay Area News Group. This is the District’s first time on the list. The annual award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous, third-party survey.

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! 

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.