Press Releases

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.

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.

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.