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An inventory of the surface and underground water resources of Pajaro Valley in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties and of other areas in Santa Cruz County, estimates of present and probable ultimate water utilization, estimates of present and probable ultimate supplemental water requirements, and preliminary plans and cost estimates for water development works.
The area in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties under this investigation has recently experienced a substantial increase in water utilization, in common with many other parts of California. As a result, it is confronted with a need for more complete conservation of its water resources. Diversion of surface water in Santa Cruz County has increased until in dry years insufficient summer How exists in certain streams to meet peak water demands for urban and recreational requirements. Expanding irrigated acreage in Pajaro Valley together with trends toward more intensive agriculture have increased the ground water draft in that valley and have resulted in sea-water intrusion. Concern has been aroused as to the adequacy of surface and ground water resources, as presently developed, to meet water demands.
California State Water Resources Board
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"1953 - Santa Cruz-Monterey Counties Investigation - Bulletin No. 5" (2019). Miscellaneous Documents and Reports. 72.