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|Desal EIR - Joint Special Study Session|
|Date||Tuesday May 07|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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|City of Santa Cruz Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060|
Santa Cruz Desal EIR Detached From Reality?
From the scwd2 website:
The City of Santa Cruz (City) and Soquel Creek Water District (District) will hold a special joint study session Tuesday, May 7 at 7PM at the City Council Chambers to receive information on the scwd2 Regional Seawater Desalination Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which is expected to be released in mid-May. This primer will be 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.
‘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
‘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).
‘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.