On December 18, 2018, the Soquel Creek Water District (District) certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), adopted Findings of Fact (including a Statement of Overriding Considerations) and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, and adopted the Pure Water Soquel: Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project (Project). The Project would supplement natural recharge of the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin with purified water. The purified water would be produced from existing secondary effluent from the Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility (SC WWTF) and delivered to treatment facilities located in either the City of Santa Cruz or unincorporated Santa Cruz County. Purified water would then be used to recharge the aquifer.
As part of the Project, the District analyzed the potential use of 2505 Chanticleer Avenue Property in the EIR. (See, e.g. EIR, pp. 3-13, 5-9,4.15-14.) This Chanticleer Property may be used to develop an Advanced Water Purification Facility (A WPF), and an associated purified water pipeline extending from the Chanticleer Property to recharge well sites. (EIR, p. 2-7.) The District determined that the Project would have significant and potentially significant impacts that cannot be mitigated to a level of less than significant, despite the imposition of mitigation measures.