California Local Logo

Water Image

Santa Cruz County Water Overview


Overview Digest Articles Calendar Facilities

California Local Pin Marker Get To Know A Group

FishWise aims to protect the marine environment by pushing the seafood industry toward sustainable practices.

California Local Pin Marker Local Water Digest

The Latest on ‘Shark Park’

The seasonal fear of summer shark attacks spiked when a swimmer was attacked by a shark while at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. Then last week came social media footage of a 9½-foot great white spotted in the area of Soquel Cove known as “Shark Park.”

(June 28, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Efficient Water Usage Prevents Further State Cutbacks for Santa Cruz

While water use climbs for much of the rest of California, Santa Cruz’s efficient use of water and reliance on local water resources have earned the city an exemption from new statewide emergency water use restrictions.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

California Local Pin Marker Recent Articles

San Lorenzo Valley Post logo LOCAL NEWS
How Do We Talk About Water in the San Lorenzo Valley?

By Jayme Ackemann The United States has been failing to maintain its roads, bridges, and utilities for decades. A report known as the “Infrastructure Report Card” tracks the state of the nation’s disrepair and rates it. Last year we got …


The Pajaronian logo LOCAL NEWS
Levee rebuild gets final approval

WATSONVILLE—After decades of efforts by local, state and federal officials, plans to rebuild the Pajaro River Levee can now move forward after voters in Watsonville approved an assessment on their annual property tax bills that will pay for the maintenance …


Good Times logo LOCAL NEWS
What We’re Learning from New Underwater Tech

World Oceans Day reminds us how much more there is to explore


Press Banner logo LOCAL NEWS
Scotts Valley Drinking Water Plant Upgrades Unveiled

It costs big bucks to ensure one of life’s essential components is fit for human consumption. And on May 25, local officials and media got to taste the $3.5 million upgrade results to the Scotts Valley Water District’s Orchard Run …


The Pajaronian logo LOCAL NEWS
PV Water awarded $7.6 million for supplemental water resource

WATSONVILLE—Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PV Water) received $7.6 million to support its College Lake Project, which will supply a supplemental source of water for the Pajaro Valley. The grant was awarded May 4 through the California Department of Water …


The Pajaronian logo LOCAL NEWS
District 4 candidates talk water, affordable housing at forum

WATSONVILLE—The three candidates vying for the Fourth District seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors squared off in a forum Tuesday night, touching on transportation, housing and other issues affecting the county. The forum was hosted by the …


San Lorenzo Valley Post logo LOCAL NEWS
The Long Road to Lompico – Lois Henry Retires From SLV Water District’s Board

By Jayme Ackemann My colleague and new friend Lois Henry is retiring from public service. Her term on the Water District Board began in 2018 but her story starts years before the road to Lompico was paved. Lois and Les …


Image caption: Saving water has become more crucial in California’s drought crisis.
How to Save Water: Simple Steps You Can Take

Saving water is more important than ever in California, due to the region’s worst drought conditions in 1,200 years. Here are some steps you can take to help.


Image caption: With drought getting worse, California needs to increase water use efficiency.
How California Can Increase Water Savings By 30 Percent

California can increase water savings in urban and suburban areas by 30 to 48 percent using nothing but existing technology, a new report from the Pacific Institute says.


The Pajaronian logo LOCAL NEWS
Pajaro levee assessment headed to voters

PAJARO—People living in south Santa Cruz County and north Monterey County could soon see Pajaro River’s levee system rebuilt, a long-awaited project that would offer up to 100-year flood protection to the area, and be a comfort to residents who …


Support Local News

Our local media allies keep you informed.

Select Twitter Feed From Menu
Select Facebook Feed From Menu