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A Water Conservation Forum Next Thursday

KUSP Land Use Report, Gary Patton, 11/8/12

I am often in the position of telling you about meetings on the very day that they are taking place. Better late than never, but I do recognize that giving listeners a bit more “lead time” might result in more listeners actually being able to attend the meetings I talk about.

Today, I want to announce a meeting that will take place on Thursday, November 15th. On that day, Engineers for Water Alternatives will hold a forum on the following topic:  “Can Water Market Incentives Unlock A Race To Conserve?” This is quite a timely question. The City of Santa Cruz and the Soquel Creek Water District are spending lots of money to design and evaluate a proposed desalination plant. “Conservation” might be a viable alternative. If there were a way to “unlock a race to conserve” that might be something that City water customers, and Soquel Creek water customers, would like to pursue.

The forum next week will feature James Workman, who helps water agencies create a water market among their own water customers. Ron Duncan, Conservation Manager at the Soquel Creek Water District, and Sue Holt, an Economics instructor at Cabrillo College, are also on the program.

Please mark your calendar. The forum will be held next Thursday at the Mid‑County Senior Center, 829 Bay Avenue, in Capitola. It starts at 7:00 p.m., and admission is free.

More Information:

A Water Conservation Forum Next Thursday

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Information on the November 15th Forum

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