Water Resources Management


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; develop drinking water source assessments; and perform outreach and education to other drinking water source watershed stakeholders. In the spring of 2012, Water Resources joined with Recreation to become the Watershed Section of the City of Santa Cruz Water Department.  While functions of each workgroup remain largely unchanged, plans for new collaboration and future projects are emerging currently. Stay tuned here for more news.  
 SLR LWD photo by Chris Berry
Cut instream wood in the San Lorenzo River.  Large woody material is extremely important in our streams and should not be cut up unless there is an imminent threat to life and property and consultation with relevant regulatory agencies has occurred.

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 Chris Berry measuring flow 

City staff monitor streamflow and serve a variety of other functions during the wet season as well.

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 Manager