Project Phases:  Public Meeting

Joint Special Study Session
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 7:00- 9:00 PM
City of Santa Cruz Council Chambers, Santa Cruz

**Infomational Meeting Only.  No Action Taken **

The City of Santa Cruz (City) and Soquel Creek Water District (District) held a special joint study session on Tuesday, May 7 at 7PM at the City Council Chambers to receive information on the environmental review process for the scwd2 Regional Seawater Desalination Project.  This primer comprised of presentations on:

  • 'Water Shortage Challenges facing the City and District' presented by Taj Dufour (Interim General Manager, Soquel Creek Water District) and Bill Kocher (Water Director, City of Santa Cruz) - An update that addresses shortages during drought conditions, reduction to existing surface water withdrawals to protect fish and other threatened/endangered species, and protection of the groundwater basin from seawater intrusion.
    Presentation (.pdf file)

  • ‘Proposed scwd2 Regional Seawater Desalination Project’ presented by Heidi Luckenbach (scwd2 Desalination Program Coordinator, City of Santa Cruz) - An overview of the proposed project including the components, how operations would be shared by the two agencies, and environmental design features that address community concerns
    Presentation (.pdf file)

  • ‘The EIR and How to Participate’ presented by Ann Sansevero (Project Manager, URS Corporation) - A general overview of how the document is laid out, the review period, and how the community can participate (environmental findings will not be discussed at this meeting). 
    Presentation (.pdf file)

  • ‘What about EIR Certification and the Vote?’ presented by  Jim Moose (Senior Partner, Remy Moose Manley LLP) -  An overview of how the EIR process, certification, and formation of a project are prerequisites to a formal vote on the construction of the desalination plant for City of Santa Cruz residents. Also, what options are Soquel Creek Water District are considering to have their customers weigh-in.
    Presentation (.pdf file)

Meeting Materials


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