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The Desalination Task Force

Gary Patton, KUSP, Land Use Report, 4/16/13

The Desalination Task force established by the Soquel Creek Water District and the Santa Cruz City Council will meet tomorrow evening, April 17th, at 7:00 p.m. You are definitely invited!

A much grander affair, a Joint Special Study Session involving the entire Santa Cruz City Council and the entire Board of Directors of the Water District will take place on Tuesday, May 7th. That Joint Study Session, if you want to mark your calendar, will run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and will be held in the Council Chambers at the Santa Cruz City Hall. The City and the Water District are proposing a Regional Seawater Desalination Project and are expecting to release a Draft Environmental Impact Report, or EIR, in mid-May. The May 7th Study Session will provide an overview of the project, and instructions on how to participate in the EIR process.

City of Santa Cruz voters will ultimately decide “yes” or “no” on desalination. The choice will have very significant environmental and economic consequences, and in a very real way the decision will reflect the “philosophy” of the public: Should we live within the limits of our natural environment, or should we start “manufacturing water” when current supplies run short?

You can start thinking about these problems tomorrow night, and on May 7th. Details are at kusp.org/landuse.

More Information:

The Desalination Task Force

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Agenda, April 17, 2013 Meeting of Desalination Task Force

Notice of May l7, 2013 Public Meeting

Two Worlds Posting, “The Desal Debate”

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