Santa Cruz County acknowledged it will miss a deadline to respond to the California Coastal Commission regarding public access at Privates Beach, setting up what figures to be an intense and prolonged dispute between the state agency and the Opal Cliffs Recreation District.
In the coming year, the Santa Cruz Water Department is set to begin a massive reservoir and dam improvement project unmatched in cost since construction of the Graham Hill Water Treatment Plant and the Loch Lomond Reservoir in the 1960s. The city will launch the effort by studying the potential environmental impacts of major improvements to its 57-year-old Newell Creek Dam at Loch Lomond Reservoir, some 10 miles up the San Lorenzo River.
A case testing the public’s right to access California beaches is blowing up in Santa Cruz County, where state coastal commissioners are questioning why a cozy public beach popular with surfers and nudists is gated — and can be opened only with a $100 key.
More than six years after being formally proposed to the state Public Utilities Commission, California American Water’s desalination project is in crunch time. A CPUC proposed decision on the proposal is less than a month away.
The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and boosting reserves.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Russell Brutsché:
Responding to public invitation, I attended the recent meetings of our newly-formed Water Supply Advisory Committee. I was impressed by the hard work of these volunteers, and came away with several questions in my mind.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Cuca Hepburn:
Through no choice of my own I am a customer of Soquel Creek Water District. My simple belief is that if we face “20 years of rationing” then leaders of the district have mismanaged our water resources for at least 20 years.
Top Monterey County officials met in early 2011 to discuss ways to dump the Marina Coast Water District from the regional desalination project, raising questions about the county’s efforts to make the three-pronged project partnership work and potentially affecting civil litigation aimed at unraveling the failed proposal.
If the Salinas Valley moves into a fourth year of drought, issues surrounding water are likely to get very, very complicated, an attorney explained to growers and students Thursday at an agricultural technology “clinic” in Greenfield.
A bill to help streamline a project to connect Lake San Antonio and Lake Nacimiento with an underground pipeline has passed out of a key state Senate committee. Assembly Bill 155, authored by Salinas Assemblyman Luis Alejo, cleared the Local Government and Finance Committee with bipartisan support, Alejo’s office said Wednesday in a news release.
“When Pat and Donna Downey of Denver arrived at their vacation rental house overlooking the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, they were greeted with a welcoming note from the property owner that urged them to conserve water.”
“Former Monterey County water board member Steve Collins has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county, California American Water and top officials in connection with his dual role on the failed regional desalination project.”