The Community Water Coalition is a community group, based in Santa Cruz, California. The Coalition has been working hard to try to prevent the City of Santa Cruz from extending its water service to the UCSC “North Campus,” at least until the City has a truly adequate, reliable, and sustainable water supply.
Tomorrow, at 9:30 in the morning, the Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission is going to consider this very question. LAFCO meets on the Fifth Floor of the County Governmental Center. Here’s what’s at stake:
(1) On the UCSC campus, the University is proposing to pave over more than 300 acres of what used to be a “natural reserve,” and to build over 3,000,000 square feet of academic and residential facilities. Many acres of redwoods will be razed.
(2) For all those served by the City’s water system, which includes residents and businesses in Live Oak, Pasatiempo, and parts of the City of Capitola, extending City water service to the currently unserved “North Campus” will put additional strains on the City’s already overstretched water supply.
(3) For endangered fish species in the San Lorenzo River, more potential diversions from the River means a greater likelihood of extinction.