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Protection of Natural Habitat Concerns Those at "Water, Desal and the UCSC Expansion" Talk
Alex Darocy
On May 16, the Student Environmental Center at UC Santa Cruz hosted a talk at College Eight titled, "Water, Desal, and the UCSC Expansion". Rick Longinetti of Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives spoke, outlining the downsides of the proposed water desalination facility in Santa Cruz, and suggesting that one of the main forces behind the desal proposal has come from pressure exerted by UCSC. The university hopes to grow by developing 120-240 acres of the upper campus, which will require a dramatic increase in water supplied by the City of Santa Cruz. However, development in the upper campus will, according to Longinetti, depend on the outcome of an upcoming decision that, if confirmed by the Local Agency Formation Commission on June 6, will limit UCSC's access to water. [scroll down for the audio file of the talk]

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