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Is Desalination Our Destiny?
Land Use Report, Gary Patton, KUSP,Wednesday, April 13, 2011

If you live in or have a business in the cities of Santa Cruz or Capitola, or in the unincorporated areas of Live Oak, Soquel, Pasatiempo, Aptos and Mid-County (all areas that receive their water service from either the City of Santa Cruz or the Soquel Creek Water District), then you ought to be asking yourself if desalination is your destiny. The Soquel Creek Water District and the City of Santa Cruz are planning to build an ever-expandable desalination project, to deal with periodic drought conditions and to insure water supplies for future growth. A desalination approach will be costly, and will admittedly have some major environmental impacts, but it would follow in the tried and true American tradition of dealing with limits by increasing supplies, rather than by reducing demands. This is the way that we have traditionally approached our supply and demand dilemmas. We almost always opt for increasing supplies, instead of reducing demands.

That philosophical approach may or may not be the best approach where our water supply future is concerned, and the debate is just beginning. I hope you’ll get involved, if only by way of becoming more informed of the tradeoffs. One way to do that is to attend a debate tomorrow, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County. It’s at the First Congregational Church, 900 High Street in Santa Cruz, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. It won’t be dull!

For KUSP, this is Gary Patton.

More Information:
Gary Patton writes a daily blog, “Two Worlds / 365” – www.gapatton.net
League of Women Voters’ Website, with information on the April 14th Debate - http://lwvscc.org/

*The Wittwer & Parkin law firm is located in Santa Cruz, California, and practices environmental and governmental law. As part of its practice, the law firm files litigation and takes other action on behalf of its clients, which are typically private individuals, governmental agencies, environmental organizations, or community groups. Whenever the Land Use Report comments on an issue with which the Wittwer & Parkin law firm is involved on behalf of a client, Mr. Patton will make this relationship clear, as part of his commentary. Mr. Patton’s comments do not represent the views of Wittwer & Parkin, LLP, KUSP Radio, nor of any of its sponsors.

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