According to a new article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Soquel Creek aquifer overdraft is apparently not as bad as has been previously reported. As a result of the district’s declaration of a groundwater emergency, a peer reviewed study was prepared by Todd Groundwater in Alameda, a consulting firm specializing in the planning, development, management, and protection of groundwater.
Previously, the District believed that the groundwater deficit was 21,000 acre feet. This new study indicates that the deficit is more on the order of 5,000 acre feet. There is no dispute that there is a shortage of groundwater, but the scope of the crisis is now very much in question.
Aptos residents draw all their water from the basin, either via private wells or from the Soquel Creek Water District, so the health of the aquifer is of great concern to everyone. The stakes are high, and it’s expected there will be intense focus on the six candidates (including two incumbents) running for the three available seats on board this November.
See also: Santa Cruz Sentinel article