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Santa Cruz County, water districts explore groundwater sustainability agency

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED: 12/10/15, 8:56 PM PST 

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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...