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Time To Talk Water On February 3rd

Land Use Report, Gary Patton, KUSP, 1/31/14

Water activists in the City of Santa Cruz are hoping to encourage public participation at an upcoming meeting of the City’s Water Commission. The City’s website isn’t listing the meeting at the time I am recording this, but activists are distributing flyers and email alerts asking concerned residents to show up at the Santa Cruz City Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 3rd, to let the City’s Water Commission know about the immediate need for aggressive water conservation efforts.

When I tell you that California is currently facing what may be one of the most severe droughts in recorded history, I am not delivering any news you haven’t heard before. It’s pretty obvious. In fact, it has been kind of spooky to go outside each morning, and to encounter what is truly perfect summer weather, right in the middle of January.

The flyers I have seen urge the City of Santa Cruz to take aggressive and immediate action to reduce water consumption, in the face of the current drought. One suggestion is that the City stop using drinking water to irrigate the City’s golf course. If we were to run out of drinking water partly because of trying to keep the golfers happy lots of other people would end up being very unhappy. In general, the message that the water activists want to convey is that we need to start cutting back water use sooner, rather than later. If you care about the issue, from whatever perspective, mark your calendar for the Monday meeting!

More Information:

Land Use Links

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Santa Cruz City Water Commission Website

Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives on Facebook

Desal Alternatives Website

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