An independent report shows seawater desalination is by far the most expensive water supply. Local residents want to understand the true cost of the proposed Huntington Beach desalination project, especially if they are being asked to pay for it, plus the pros and the cons.
Adriana Maestas, who lives in Fullerton, argues that framing the desalination plant as a social justice issue for Latinos is a ridiculous argument designed to only favor a private company and their investors.
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February 5, 2016
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Orange County Coastkeeper Joins Fight to Keep California Coastline Undeveloped
Coastkeeper’s executive director available to comment on Coastal Commission’s possibly destructive change in leadership
WHAT: A behind-the-scenes effort to fire the Coastal Commission’s Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester will culminate in a public hearing to discuss his possible termination. Orange County Coastkeeper, along with advocates statewide, know that Dr. Lester’s leadership is an important piece of ensuring that our coastline does not turn into the west coast Miami Beach. WHY: For forty successful years, the California Coastal Commission has ensured that our coast remains open to every citizen and is managed in a moral way.
Ray Hiemstra, associate director of programs with OC Coastkeeper, writes that Poseidon’s desalination work in SD has locked that community into a bad deal and the proposal for Orange County hides the true cost of distributing the water.
King Tides Provide Preview of Risk to Huntington Beach Desalination Plant Location
Coastkeeper says development is susceptible to damage from tsunami, earthquake and sea level rise
ORANGE COUNTY – January 21, 2016 – This Thursday and Friday, king tides – some of the highest annual tides – arrive on Orange County’s coast giving a glimpse of what shorelines will look like in 20 to 50 years due to sea level rise. According to Orange County Coastkeeper, the proposed location for the billion-dollar Poseidon desalination plant in Huntington Beach is in a vulnerable area because of rising sea levels, but also because it lies in a tsunami-inundation zone and near earthquake-prone fault lines. The water protection non-profit says the desalination project is not worth the associated money or risk.
Ray Hiemstra writes that Friday’s King Tides show that Poseidon’s desalination deal with Orange County holds a hidden cost: the taxpayer money required to build structures that hold back the ocean in thirty years.
It appeared the Garden Grove City Council would take a stand against a controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach, but activists opposing the project were disappointed when council members quickly retreated.