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Santa Cruz County water agencies to change inconsistent basin boundaries

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED: 03/29/16, 5:13 PM PDT 

SANTA CRUZ >> Under a historical law passed in 2014, water agencies in California must replenish troubled basins by 2040.

But the state and local water managers have different maps that say which basin belongs to which agency. Years ago, the Department of Water Resources separately defined the boundaries for basins that now require management under the new law.

UC Researchers Publish Map for Successful Groundwater Governance

Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED:   03/11/2016 10:51:01 AM PST | UPDATED:   3 DAYS AGO

SANTA CRUZ -- California has not managed or regulated groundwater use on a statewide basis for most of its history, and many of the state's aquifers have been depleted by overpumping. A team of experts led by UC faculty has now published a report that describes a path forward for successful groundwater management.

Santa Cruz Awarded Groundwater Grant by Department of Water Resources

On December 8, 2015, DWR received 23 grant applications for the 2015 Counties with Stressed Basins grant solicitation. The proposals, from County governments, requested a total of approximately $7 million, with total project costs of $12.7 million. On January 22, 2016, DWR announced the draft funding recommendations to award 21 proposals, totaling $6,689,382. Detailed information regarding the draft funding recommendations can be found at http://www.water.ca.gov/irwm/grants/sgwp/solicitation.cfm

Santa Cruz County, water districts explore groundwater sustainability agency

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED: 12/10/15, 8:56 PM PST 

Originally posted at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/government-and-politics/20151210/santa-...

LIVE OAK >> Santa Cruz County and some local water districts are forming a new agency tasked with bringing the basin stretching from Santa Cruz to Aptos into balance.

PRESS RELEASE: Soquel-Aptos Groundwater Management Committee Expands Partnerships to Manage Critically Overdrafted Groundwater Basin

SOQUEL, Calif. [September 9, 2015] –  While local efforts to collaborate and move forward with implementation of statewide regulations for sustainable groundwater management in the mid-county area continue, a recently proposed reclassification of the Soquel-Valley Groundwater Basin to critically overdrafted status has the potential to move up several important deadlines.

Why El Niño is No Panacea

photo of pouring rainYou might have noticed stories with predictions of a strong El Niño this winter starting to circulate in local media.  This, in turn, has sparked a lot of speculation about how this would affect our local water supplies, which have been impacted by four years of drought conditions.  The short answer here in the District and Mid-County area?  Not much.  Here’s why...

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