Water Wisdom

SCWD Mobile Educational Trailer

SCWD Mobile Educational Trailer

District Receives “2018 Award of Excellence in Outreach and Education” Award The Soquel Creek Water District has proudly received a significant honor from the National WateReuse Association: the 2018 Award of Excellence for Outreach and Education, in recognition of the District’s Pure Water Soquel Mobile Educational Trailer. This annual award was presented during the 33rd […]

Fall is Coming: It’s a Great Time to Plant!

Fall is Coming: It’s a Great Time to Plant!

By Melanie Schumacher Soquel Creek Water District offers fall planting tips and ways to save water and money. It’s not too early to think about what to do with your garden and landscaping this fall! Many people think of spring as the prime planting period, but here are some great reasons – well known to many […]

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 […]

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 […]

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