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How can we fight a drought?

How can we fight a drought?

Find a High-Quality, Reliable, Sustainable Water Supply By Melanie Schumacher When you get right down to it, there are just two basic things that humans can’t live without: water and food. Providing one of those (We can’t live without water!) is what the Soquel Creek Water District is all about! Water is the most precious […]

Building Partnerships to Reduce Risk

Building Partnerships to Reduce Risk

By Ryan Peters, Fire Captain Aptos-La Selva Fire District Today’s Fire Service has begun to take a much more proactive approach in addressing elements within our community that pose risk to life safety. After the 2016 Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, in which 36 people died, many Fire Service providers around the country began to […]

Nature Offers Lessons for Water Supply Resiliency

Nature Offers Lessons for Water Supply Resiliency

By Melanie Schumacher When it comes to the effective management of our groundwater resources, the Soquel Creek Water District’s goals are simple: keep our water supply safe, keep it reliable, and keep it sustainable. To be successful in this, we must be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances, build-in redundancies to our systems, and understand […]

Community Water Plan Update: June 2018

Community Water Plan Update: June 2018

Water Solution Evaluations are Underway After More Than Five Years of Community Effort By Melanie Mow Schumacher This is a historical time in our water district’s Community Water Plan history. We are at the cross roads of several water supply and groundwater recharge projects that will help protect our critically overdrafted groundwater aquifers from seawater […]

Saying Goodbye to Live Oak Schools

Saying Goodbye to Live Oak Schools

By Tamra Taylor, Superintendent Live Oak School District As I write my last message to the community, it is bittersweet. While I look forward to retirement and the freedom it will bring to my life, I also feel sadness about leaving Live Oak. I have loved my tenure in Live Oak and have come to […]

Stage 3 Water Shortage Still in Effect

Stage 3 Water Shortage Still in Effect

From last October to March our area received just over 16 inches of rain, which is only 62% of the typical average rainfall. Additionally, the District — in partnership with the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency — received new data this year validating that seawater intrusion is literally “knocking at the front door” of our […]

The Fallacies of Drug Advertisements

The Fallacies of Drug Advertisements

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. I am sure most of you have seen the plethora of drug advertisements on television, in newspapers, and other media. And, I am also sure some of you have bought non-prescription medications based on these advertisements. You probably even asked your healthcare provider to prescribe a prescription drug for you based […]