The Water Resources Management Workgroup is responsible for the drinking water source protection, environmental regulatory compliance, and general natural resource management work that
is an important part of the delivery of clean drinking water to our customers. Along with other responsibilities, Resource Management staff provide environmental review and compliance support for the Department; conduct biological and hydrologic surveys, including drinking water source stream gaging and anadromous fishery habitat typing/population assessments; work on the Department's Habitat Conservation Plan; manage the Department's watershed lands, develop drinking water source assessments; and perform outreach and education with drinking water source watershed stakeholders. 
As of the spring of 2012, Water Resources has joined with Recreation to become the Watershed Section of the City of Santa Cruz Water Department.  While functions of each workgroup remain unchanged, plans for new collaboration and future projects are emerging currently. Stay tuned here for more news.  
 Martin Fire Aerial - AP
Martin Fire in the Laguna Watershed.  Fire will be of great concern to the City this year due to the dry fuel and low water conditions.
Latest News:
  • DROUGHT! We've had an extremely dry winter and are currently preparing for the challenging months ahead --»» more info    
  • Presentation on the Anadromous Salmonid Habitat Conservation Plan from the annual Salmonid Restoration Federation Conference --»» more info
  • Presentations from the January Bonny Doon Karst Protection Zone meeting 
  • Check out the newly organizing San Lorenzo River Alliance --»» more info
  • See photos from recent San Lorenzo River and Laguna Creek lagoon fisheries surveys --»» more info
  • See video from our recent inaugural paddle tour of the lower San Lorenzo River --»» more info

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SLR seining

City staff conduct fisheries and water quality surveys in the lower San Lorenzo River during the dry season.

Water Resources Management Contact:
715 Graham Hill Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-5483
(831) 420-6220 (fax)

Zeke Bean - Water Resources Supervisor

Chris Berry - Watershed Compliance Manager