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A Groundwater Recharge Forum

Land Use Forum, Gary Patton, KUSP, 10/10/12

Tomorrow night, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., a group called “Engineers for Water Alternatives” will present a forum on “Groundwater Recharge: A Storage Strategy.” The forum is going to be held at the Louden Nelson Community Center, located at 301 Center Street, in Santa Cruz. Obviously, Santa Cruz County groundwater issues will be featured. It’s my bet, however, that interested Monterey County residents, including residents of North Monterey County, where there are severe groundwater problems, will also find this forum of value. Everyone is definitely invited.

Presenting at the forum tomorrow will be Andrew Fisher, a Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz, who has been doing lots of work related to groundwater resources in the Pajaro Valley, and in the Pajaro River watershed. Fisher will focus his remarks on groundwater recharge and ways that it might be enhanced. Also speaking will be Mike Cloud, a hydrogeologist with the Santa Cruz County Environmental Health Department. Cloud oversees the County’s groundwater monitoring program and provides technical and policy analysis on groundwater recharge.

Participating in the Engineers for Water Alternatives group are some impressive individuals, including Bob Burick, who has retired from the Heavy Construction Division at Granite Construction, and James Bentley, the former Superintendent of Water Production for the City of Santa Cruz.

More Information:

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

For more information about Engineers for Water Alternatives contact Peter Haase:

Telephone: 831-426-9054


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