November 9, 2010

Desal Plant Marine Impacts Meeting

 The Surfrider General Meeting has been moved to next week (FishWise will be speaking) but head to the desal informational meeting TODAY to learn about the marine impacts of the proposed desal plant:

City of Santa Cruz Water Department and Soquel Creek Water District

Community Informational Meeting on MARINE ISSUES and the ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS– TODAY!

The fourth in a series of scwd2 Community Informational Meetings will focus on marine issues related to desalination and the environmental review process for the Project-level Environmental Impact Report.  Come to this community meeting to learn:

  • Why water is a critical issue and how supply shortfalls affect the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District
  • How the desalination process interacts with the marine environment
  • What  different types of intake systems are being evaluated for the proposed project
  • How to participate in the environmental review process and the upcoming scoping period. 

This meeting will be held on November 10th at the Louden Nelson Center (301 Center Street, Santa Cruz) from 6:30-9:00 PM.  For more information on this meeting, please check the website.    The evening’s schedule is:

6:30 PM Welcome and IntroductionsMelanie Mow Schumacher, scwd2 Desalination Public Outreach Coordinator
6:35-6:45 PM Water Supply Shortages and Integrated Water Plans for the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water DistrictHeidi Luckenbach, scwd2 Desalination Program Coordinator
6:50-7:05 PM Screened, Open-Ocean Intake Effects AssessmentDr. Dave Mayer, President, Tenera Environmental
7:10-7:40 PM Overview of the Various Seawater Desalination Intake ApproachesTodd Reynolds, Senior Engineer, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
7:45-8:00 PM Brine Disposal and Handling for the Proposed scwd2 ProjectDr. Bill Faisst, Vice President, Brown and Caldwell
8:00-8:30 PM Question and Answer Session with Panel on Marine Issues
8:30-8:45 PM Overview of CEQA and the Environmental Review ProcessAnn Sansevero, Project Manager, URS Corporation
8:45- 9:00 PM Question and Answer Session with Panel on Environmental Review Process
9:00 PM Closing Remarks

 scwd2 recently held two other community informational meetings on:

* Water Conservation on May 27, 2010. To access materials from this meeting, click here.

* History of Water Planning on July 23, 2010.  To access materials from this meeting, click here.

* Recycled Water on September 23, 2010.  To access material from this meeting, click here.