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Maintaining Irrigation Systems to Save Water & Money

Maintaining Irrigation Systems to Save Water & Money

By Vaidehi Campbell and Rebecca Rubin Irrigation systems help us control the timing, volume and duration of water applied to our landscapes. When these systems are designed and maintained properly, they save you, water, time, and money and help you keep a beautiful, efficiently, and easily watered landscape. Even though irrigation systems may run themselves, […]

Evacuating During an Emergency

Evacuating During an Emergency

Having a Plan in Place is Key for Safety By Ryan Peters, Fire Captain, Aptos-La Selva Fire Protection District It’s hard to believe that we’re already well into July! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer season so far. A couple of months ago as we said goodbye to Spring, we addressed the importance of […]

Groundwater Sustainability Plan to be Released in July

Groundwater Sustainability Plan to be Released in July

By Melanie Mow Schumacher 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 […]

Wildfire Season is Here!

Wildfire Season is Here!

Community Wildfire Preparation is Everyone’s Responsibility By Ryan Peters, Fire Captain, Aptos-La Selva Fire District Welcome to spring 2019! For many, winter couldn’t have gone away sooner. We had a fairly productive rainy season with plentiful snow falling in the Sierra. The late rains we’ve had this spring, coupled with some stretches of nice weather […]

For the Love of … Books on Water

For the Love of … Books on Water

by Melanie Mow Schumacher, Soquel Creek Water District 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 […]

Reflecting on the First 100 Days

Reflecting on the First 100 Days

Appreciating Achievements and Planning for the Future in Live Oak By Lorie Chamberland, Ed.D., Superintendent, Live Oak School District February 5th marks the first 100 days of school in the Live Oak School District. As I reflect on the past 100 days as the District’s new superintendent, highlights include: The Welcome Back Breakfast where district […]

Downed Power and Utility Line Safety Tips

Downed Power and Utility Line Safety Tips

By Ryan Peters, Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District Welcome to 2019! We certainly hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. As we get started on a new year of safety messages, one topic came to mind the other night, as our emergency crews were busy responding to downed power lines due to the […]

Berries For Color In Winter

Berries For Color In Winter

by Tony Tomeo In milder climates of California, where many of us expect at least a few flowers to bloom right through winter, autumn foliar color and colorful winter berries are not appreciated quite as much as they are where autumn and winter arrive earlier, and are cool enough to prevent lingering bloom. Coincidentally, the […]

Our New Year’s Resolution: Recharge and Replenishment

Our New Year’s Resolution: Recharge and Replenishment

By Melanie Mow Schumacher 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 […]

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