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Soquel Creek Water District

Gary Patton, KUSP, Land Use Report, 4/29/14

The Soquel Creek Water District provides water to Capitola, Aptos, La Selva Beach, Opal Cliffs, Rio Del Mar, Seascape, and Soquel. That’s a big area, and the District is trying to get the word out about current conditions of groundwater overdraft. Simply put, the District needs to reduce groundwater pumping, or seawater intrusion will contaminate its groundwater supplies.

Tonight, the Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors will reevaluate whether or not to provide conditional will-serve letters to applicants seeking to build or remodel their property. Without a “will‑serve” letter from a water agency, land use approval agencies, like the Santa Cruz County Planning Department, simply won’t process a proposed development application. The Twin Lakes Church has had their application for a school expansion placed on hold, because they haven’t been able to get a will-serve letter. Others have also been affected. Lots of people are upset.

The meeting tonight starts at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Seascape Resort in Aptos. The Board welcomes community input, and will not only consider the will-serve question, but will also discuss a recent community survey. The District wants to find out what the community thinks about water conservation, and about different methods of obtaining more water.

On June 3rd, the District will hold a public hearing and consider a formal declaration of a groundwater emergency and moratorium.

More Information:

Land Use Links

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Soquel Creek Water District Meeting Announcement

Soquel Creek Agenda Packets and Minutes

Twin Lakes Church Website

Times Publishing Group Article on “de facto moratorium”

KSBW – Twin Lakes Church In Water War

- See more at: http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse/2014/04/28/will-serve/

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