Water Wisdom

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 […]

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 Impacts of Climate Change

The Impacts of Climate Change

By Dr. Bruce Daniels, SCWD Board President Climate change is a serious issue all over the planet. It also has real impacts right here in our Soquel Creek Water District that must be considered for our water supply planning. As you probably already know, our groundwater supply is threatened by intrusion of seawater. In fact, […]

Many Layers of Groundwater Awareness

Many Layers of Groundwater Awareness

By Melanie Schumacher Raising awareness of groundwater is extremely important locally since ALL our water supply in the Santa Cruz Mid-County region comes from a complex groundwater basin comprised of two aquifers, the Purisima Formation and the Aromas Red Sands. Although we, including our hydrologists and others representing the county, state, and federal officials, have […]

District Receives $2M Planning Grant for Pure Water Soquel Project

District Receives $2M Planning Grant for Pure Water Soquel Project

By Melanie Mow Schumacher, P.E., Special Projects-Communications Manager January brought the Soquel Creek Water District some very exciting news from the California State Water Resources Control Board! We’ve been awarded a grant under the state’s Proposition 1 funding program for up to $2 million dollars to further evaluate our proposed groundwater replenishment project, Pure Water […]

A Productive Year; a Positive Future

A Productive Year; a Positive Future

Dr. Tom LaHue, President, Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors When I first began my service as a board member for Soquel Creek Water District, my primary goal was to do whatever I could to protect our water supply and to have it be sustainable for the long term. This goal is shared by […]

It’s AND; not OR

It’s AND; not OR

By Melanie Schumacher This month, I’d like to offer some clarifications regarding Soquel Creek Water District’s approach to developing new water supplies, and help reduce any misunderstandings that people may have. To aid in replenishing the groundwater basin – which is critically overdrafted resulting in seawater intrusion at both ends of our service area – […]

Water’s Impacts on Earth, Humans

Water’s Impacts on Earth, Humans

By Melanie Mow Schumacher Last month my son, who is a freshman at Soquel High School, had to write a persuasive essay for his geography class on his opinion of what has a greater impact: humans on Earth or Earth on humans – with an added emphasis on specifics within Santa Cruz County. I enjoyed […]

The Importance of Water Infrastructure

The Importance of Water Infrastructure

By Melanie Mow Schumacher Water is vital to America’s economy and our quality of life. In fact, aging infrastructure and years of deferred maintenance is catching up, and the cost of inaction could be severe. A new economic analysis for the “Value of Water Campaign” found that a one-day nationwide disruption in water service would […]

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