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Letter to the Editor

Draining Loch Lomond can help the water supply

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 9/22/14

Currently there are three places to store water: Loch Lomond and aquifers under Scotts Valley and the greater Soquel area. The city of Santa Cruz keeps Loch Lomond full during normal years, which results in the excess water flowing to the ocean. These aquifers are not used for water storage.

Rather than keeping the Loch Lomond reservoir full during normal years, empty Loch Lomond and store the water in these aquifers. Loch Lomond would be refilled by normal water shed runoff and pumping excess winter river water that currently flows to the ocean. Agreements would be made for returning stored water from these aquifers to the city of Santa Cruz during drought years.

A J Elliott, MSCE, PE, Santa Cruz

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