Weekly Environmental Review – April 21-27

Science Sunday meets Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 pm at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room, 100 McAllister Way, in Santa Cruz. Anthony Pagano will speak about advancements in electronic devices, combined with research on wild and captive polar bears, that are helping scientists to understand how polar bears use sea ice.

The City Parks & Recreation Commission Special Meeting is Monday, April 22 at 4 pm at Santa Cruz City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. This meeting is to review the proposed fiscal year 2020 Parks & Recreation Department budget as submitted.

The County Planning Commission meets Wednesday, April 24 at 9 am at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St # 500A in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • 2606 Paul Minnie Ave., Santa CruzCommercial Development Permit, and acceptance of a Notice of Exemption from further environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • 5050 Wilder Dr. A, SequelTentative Map for a Minor Land Division, an Amendment to Residential Development Permits, determination that the proposal is exempt from the requirements of CEQA.

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Volunteer Land Stewards meets Wednesday, April 24 at 10 am at Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1698 Elkhorn Rd, in Watsonville. New volunteers contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information.

The Pajaro Valley Water management Agency Projects & Facility Operations Committee meets Wednesday, April 24 at 3 pm at the Water Resources Center, 500 Clearwater Lane in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency Sustainability Plan Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, April 24 at 5 pm at Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

  • The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) will analyze groundwater sustainability questions and make policy recommendations to the MGA Board in our effort to achieve regional groundwater sustainability in the Santa Cruz Mid-County basin. 

The UCSC Arboretum Board of Directors meets Wednesday, April 24 at 5 pm at the UCSC Arboretum, Hort II, 1156 High Street in Santa Cruz. The agenda is not available online.

The Sierra Club Conservation Committee meets Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, in Santa Cruz. The agenda is not available online.

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 25 is CANCELLED due to lack of agenda items.

The Santa Cruz Metro Board of Directors meets Friday, April 26 at 9 am at Scotts Valley City Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Drive, in Scotts Valley.  The agenda will be available HERE 72 hours before the meeting.

The Grange Garden Exchange takes place Saturday, April 27 at 8 am at Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz.

The Cabrillo College Corcoran Lagoon Cleanup takes place Saturday, April 27 at 9:30 am at Corcoran Lagoon, 2300 Portola Road in Santa Cruz (Park on the street.) Please print and sign a waiver ahead of time at saveourshores.org/waiver and bring it to the cleanup.

The League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County Community Water Forum is Saturday, April 27 at 10 am at City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Avenue in Capitola. For information visit lwvscc.org, email league@lwvscc.org or call 831-325-4140.

Watsonville Wetlands Watch: Amphibians in Your Watershed is Saturday, April 27 at 7 pm at Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, 500 Harkins Slough Road in Watsonville. Learn about the amphibians that live in the Watsonville Wetlands Watershed. Dawn Reis will lead a presentation to introduce you to the frogs, toads, newts and salamanders that live in Watsonville and the surrounding Pajaro Valley area. She will also discuss how you can best care for them in the wild.

Mark Stone: Coastal Protection in the Age of Climate Change

Assemblyman Mark Stone will speak on coastal protection in the age of climate change at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 23, at the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center St.

The event is sponsored by the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for socializing and light refreshments. The talk will include an opportunity for questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

Weekly Review February 17 – 23, 2019

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center presents Polar Bears and Climate Change, Living on Sea Ice in a Warming World, Sunday, February 17 at 1:30 pm at the La Feliz Room, 100 McAllister Way, in Santa Cruz. Anthony Pagano explains how advancements in electronic devices, combined with research on wild and captive polar bears, are helping scientists to understand how polar bears use sea ice and how they are responding to its decline.

The California Native Plant Society Santa Cruz County Chapter presents Patrick Matthew’s Redwoods: The race to send the first Sierra Redwood seeds to Britain, Monday, February 18 at 5:30 pm at the UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building, 1156 High Street in Santa Cruz.

The Soquel Creek Water District Board meets Tuesday, February 19 at 6 pm at Capitola City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Board meets Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm at Watsonville City Council Chambers. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency Drop-In is Thursday, February 21 from 10 am to Noon at Community Foundation, 7807 Soquel Drive, in Aptos. Meet with representatives from the newly formed Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency about groundwater issues in our region and the local efforts being made to comply with the 2014 CA Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Click HERE for more information.

The Aptos Library Authors Talk and Save Our Shores present a discussion the fascinating history of Monterey Bay and the people who have had an impact on its inhabitants, both human and marine, Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm, at Cabrillo College Samper Recital Hall.

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History presents Biodiversity in Times of Change, Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff Dr, in Santa Cruz.

The Grange Garden Exchange takes place Saturday, February 23 at 8 am at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, in Santa Cruz.

The Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History present Exploring the San Lorenzo River, Saturday, February 23. Meet at 10 am at at the Sycamore Grove parking lot located on the right side of Highway 9 just 0.4 miles from the Santa Cruz Metro facility. Click HERE to sign-up.

January 27 to February 2 Weekly Review

The Grange Garden Committee meets Sunday, January 17 at noon, Under the Council Oak Tree in the Live Oak Grange Garden. The Live Oak Grange Garden Committee is open to all Grange members who wish to participate in the community garden.

Save Our Shores meets Sunday, January 27 at 3 pm at the Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, in Santa Cruz. Meet author Dan Haifley, Save Our Shores’ first executive director and the current director of O’Neill Seas Odyssey. He will talk about the history of Save Our Shores, and also sign copies of his new book. This book launch is sponsored in part by The History Forum.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday, January 29, at 9 am at the Board of supervisors Chambers. Click HERE for the Agenda. Click HERE for the Santa Cruz Online Agenda Review.

The Regional Transportation Highway 9 Draft Plan Open House is Thursday January 31, from from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy. 9, in Felton Click HERE for more information. Click HERE for the Highway 9 Draft Plan.

The Environmental Committee of the Valley Women’s Club meets Saturday, February 2 at 10:30 am at the Henry Cowell Park Nature Store. Call Nancy to reserve free parking. 338-6578 or (cell) 345-1555.

Water for Santa Cruz County workshops

Water for Santa Cruz County will host two free workshops on how to file a rate increase protest to Soquel Creek Water District at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Jan. 29 at the Aptos Library, 7695 Soquel Drive.

The event will also discuss the feasibility of an alternate water supply for the district, sharing water with Santa Cruz City.

Soquel Creek Water District is proposing increases in both water rates and service fees annually for the next five years to pay for a project to inject treated sewage water into the Mid-county area’s aquifer drinking water supply.

Ratepayers can file written protest with address, parcel number and signature. For information, call 831-685-2915.