Water Wisdom

The Soquel Creek Water District runs a monthly column called "Water Wisdom" in the Aptos Times and the Capitola/Soquel Times.  "Water Wisdom" is designed to deliver insightful perspectives on managing water.

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.

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.

For the Love of…Books on Water - February 2019

February… it’s the month we celebrate love and it’s still wintertime so you may be cuddled up with a book, perhaps under a blanket, and by the fire.  In the spirit of this column being about WATER— I want to share a quick overview of some critically-acclaimed books about water — ranging from the struggles of water security, to the history and future of water systems, to amusing and educational children’s books.   

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986; revised in 1992) by Marc Reisner

Our New Year’s Resolution: Recharge and Replenishment - January 2019

The Soquel Creek Water District’s New Year’s resolution for 2019 - and beyond - is recharge and replenishment of our groundwater supply. How do we plan to keep this resolution? With several exciting projects and strategies that are part of our Community Water Plan, and its overarching aim of preventing seawater intrusion into the community’s water supply.