Regional Seawater Desalination Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Santa Cruz
Document Title
Regional Seawater Desalination Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
GP: Industrial & Low Density Residential. Z: General Industrial & Single Family Residential/Various
Document Description
NOTE: Joint Lead Agencies. Extended review to end on January 10, 2011. The City and the SqCWD have partnered to implement the scwd2 Desalination Program. This program proposes a seawater desalination project to provide up to 2.5 million gallons per day of water. This water would help the SqCWD meet its water needs as it reduces its groundwater withdrawals of the overdrafted Soquel-Aptos area to prevent seawater intrusion, consistent with its Urban Water Management Plan Update and its Integrated Resources Plan, and would help the City of Santa Cruz Water Department (SCWD) meet the water needs of its service area during drought periods, as contemplated by both its Integrated Water Plan and its Urban Water Management Plan. The proposed desalination project would consist of: (1) a seawater intake structure, associated pump station, and conveyance piping; (2) a seawater desalination plant that would provide for pretreatment filtration, seawater reverse osmosis, post-treatment conditioning and disinfection, and solids handling processes and their associated support facilities; (3) a brine disposal and conveyance system; and (4) water supply delivery system improvements.

Contact Information

Heidi Luckenbach
Agency Name
City of Santa Cruz/Soquel Creek Water District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Cross Streets
Natural Bridges Dr., & Delaware Ave., Shaffer Rd., & Delaware Ave.,
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Hwy 1
Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line
Pacific Collegiate
Pacific Ocean, Antonelli Pond, San Lorenzo River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Region, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), California Coastal Commission (CCC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), California Coastal Commission (CCC)
Development Types
Water Facilities (Type SeawaterDesalina, MGD 2.5)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Use Permit, Coastal Permit, Design Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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