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Diane Cornell will be fondly remembered by many hikers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Diane Carol Cornell passed away suddenly at the age of 74 on February 25, 2014. She touched an immense number of lives of all ages with her gentle, giving nature, and wisdom.

Jessie Street Marsh

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Restoration not priority of City’s new plan

Jesse Street Marsh


Jessie Street Marsh is a piece of land located near where Ocean Street meets the Pacific that in 1996 was slated to be protected and restored as mitigation for the dredging of Neary Lagoon. A plan to do such was created in 1998.


Help Conserve Water Today. Take the 20 Gallon Challenge

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Help Conserve Water Today. Take the 20 Gallon Challenge!

Despite the recent rains, the entire State of California is experiencing extreme drought conditions. This summer will see water use restrictions and strict penalties for residents and businesses that are not meeting water use limits set by their utilities. Most residents will need to reduce their water use by 20 gallons per person per day to meet regional conservation goals. The good news is that many local residents are already close to targeted daily use rates, so we know it is possible! 
Easy steps to reduce your water use:
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  1. Take drought smart showers: Upgrade to a shower head that uses 1.5 gallons per minute and limit showers to 7 minutes.Uses just 10 gallons per shower! Install a shutoff valve to stop water flow without changing the water temperature while you are soaping up and shaving to save even more. Shutoff valves are easy to install by hand and are available at your local hardware store for $10 or are often free from your water utility.

  2. Turn off the tap: Most faucets run at 1 gallon per minute, so slowing the flow and turning off the tap while you scrub a dish, wash your face or brush your teeth can save tens of gallons of water each day.

  3. Run dish and clothes washers only when full: This can save up to half the water used by these water-intensive appliances.

  4. Upgrade to water efficient toilets and clothes washers: This takes some effort but can make the biggest impact toward meeting your water budget goals. Rebates are available from your utility.

  5. Install a laundry-to-landscape greywater system: Keep your landscaping alive this summer by reusing water from your clothes washer for yard irrigation. They are easy to install yourself or you can hire a professional, find all the resources you need at the Central Coast Greywater Alliance website.

Find more water saving tips and links to local rebate programs at the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County website.

Protecting the San Lorenzo River by Opening it to Paddlers

Friday, October 25, 2013


Words and photos by David Casterson, 2013 ExCom Chair

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