WSAC has chosen!

Winter harvest of the San Lorenzo, in-lieu water transfers, aquifer storage and recovery are the new water supply.

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Santa Cruz has the rights to take 13 Million gallons of water per day from the Felton Diversion Dam during the winter, up to 975 Million gallons per year.

San Lorenzo River winter flows are providing abundant water that could be harvested and stored in Loch Lomond.  500 Million gallons of available water, for which the city already has permits that do not conflict with Fish and Game regulations.  500 million gallons offer insurance  against drought.  In addition to drought security, The revenue which could be realized from the sale of 500 million gallons to Santa Cruz customers during summer is over $5 million dollars.  The cost of harvesting, pumping, storing and treating the water is less than $500,000, so the water sale could generate $4.5 million free cash flow. What is needed to capture and store this water is a new 36” pipeline from the Felton Diversion up E. Zayante Rd. to the back of the dam, a distance of approximately 8 miles, at a cost of approximately $16 million.  This construction could be completed in 1 season from May 1 -October 31st. if the project was fast-tracked.”

San Lorenzo River water for SqCWD

This is the Water flowing into the San Lorenzo river from the spillway at Loch Lomond  Dam.  Last winter, 488 Million Gallons flowed out to sea that could have been harvested and sent to SqCWD, This winter,  over 700 Million gallons have already flowed out to sea.... read more

The Rainy Season Arrives

Monday, November 2nd, 2:00 pm. The San Lorenzo River breaches the sandbar under its own power. A little more than an inch of rain fell Sunday night – Monday morning, and the water running off into the watershed and down into the San Lorenzo peaked at 40 cubic ft. per... read more

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