Project Phases

Public Informational Meeting

September 24, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at New Brighton Middle School's Performing Arts Center, Capitola  Representatives from the City of Santa Cruz, Soquel Creek Water District, CH2MHILL and CDM will make presentations on local water issues, present preliminary findings of the Desalination Pilot Plant Project, discuss minimizing energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and the environmental review process. There will also be an opportunity for Q/A with the panel.  

Schedule of Presentations and Q/A





6:00 PM


Melanie Schumacher, Soquel Creek Water District


Welcome and Introductions  

6:05-6:25 PM

Integrated Water Plan and Desalination as a supplemental Supply

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Laura Brown, Soquel Creek Water District


What are the water supply issues for the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District and how desalination may be a viable supplemental supply source

6:25-6:45 PM

scwd2 Seawater Desalination Pilot Plant

Paul Meyerhofer, P.E., Pilot Plant Project Manager, CDM Overview of the  seawater desalination pilot plant investigations, test results and recommendations
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6:45-7:05 PM

Energy and Desalination

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Linette Almond, P.E., Santa Cruz


Addresses how to manage and reduce energy and green house gas emissions for a full-scale plant

7:05-7:25 PM

Environmental Review Process

Heidi Luckenbach, P.E., City of Santa CruzStephanie Strelow, Strelow Consulting

Addresses how the public can be involved in the environmental review process.

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7:25-7:55 PM

Q/A Session with Panel

7:55-8:00 PM

Wrap -Up


Laura Brown, General Manager, Soquel Creek Water District. Laura has been a resident of Aptos and a customer of Soquel Creek Water District since 1977 and has worked in local government in the Monterey Bay Area for nearly 30 years. From 1979 – 1991, she held four increasingly responsible positions with the City of Santa Cruz beginning in the Public Works Department, then serving as Personnel Director and ultimately as Assistant City Manager. In 1991, she was appointed Assistant City Manager for the City of Monterey. In 1995, she became the third General Manager in the history of the Soquel Creek Water District. Professionally, she serves on the Association of California Water Agencies Desalination Sub-committee and the three-person Northern Santa Cruz County Integrated Regional Water Resources Management Plan steering committee.

Paul Meyerhofer, P.E., CDM.  Paul is a senior Vice President with CDM and the Project Manager for the scwd2 Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Pilot Test Program.  Paul is a registered civil engineer in the State of California and has 35 years experience in pilot testing, designing, and constructing water treatment and desalination facilities.   Recent desalination projects that Paul has been involved with include the Newark Desalination Facility (Alameda County Water District), a 5 MGD plant that desalinates brackish groundwater and the Groundwater Recharge Project (Orange County Water District), a 60 MGD facility that pre-treats and desalinates secondary wastewater influent for groundwater recharge.

Linette Almond, P.E., City of Santa Cruz. Linette Almond is the Deputy Water Director / Engineering Manager for the City of Santa Cruz Water Department.  She has been with the City’s Water Department for the past 14 years and oversees the department’s capital improvement program.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento.  She is a licensed professional engineer with over 30 years experience in a variety of civil engineering fields with an emphasis on project management and project development.  Linette was the project manager for the IWP and the program EIR for the IWP.

Heidi Luckenbach, P.E., City of Santa Cruz. As the Desalination Program Coordinator, Heidi is responsible for overseeing the various studies related to the potential 2.5 MGD desalination plant that the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District is evaluating as a supplemental supply source.  Heidi has worked for the City of Santa Cruz for almost 10 years and previously worked in Phoenix, Arizona, Illinois, and Southern California.

Stephanie Strelow , Principal, Strelow Consulting.  Stephanie has worked in the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay area for over 25 years and has regularly worked with the City of Santa Cruz for over 20 years.  She has worked on various projects with the Water Department as well as Public Works, Planning, Parks and Redevelopment, preparing all levels of environmental documentation required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  Strelow Consulting is currently preparing the EIR on the City’s update to the General Plan, as well as environmental documentation for several private and public projects within the City of Santa Cruz.    In addition to doing project-specific CEQA documents, Stephanie provides environmental advisory services to the City.   She has also served as a contract planner and CEQA consultant to other local jurisdictions and agencies, including Monterey County, Santa Clara Valley Water District, the Town of Los Gatos and the cities of Pacific Grove, Capitola, Seaside, Morgan Hill and Gonzales.

Panel for Q/A Session

Bill Kocher, Water Director, City of Santa Cruz

Laura Brown, General Manager, Soquel Creek Water District

Heidi Luckenbach, City of Santa Cruz

Paul Meyerhofer, CDM

Jim Sandoval, CH2MHILL

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