Gage: Setting the Record Straight on Seawater Desalination

Kelley Gage, Director of Water Resources for the San Diego County Water Authority writes that seawater desalination is a tool for coastal communities to consider, and that each community needs to devise its own supply reliability portfolios to determine whether desalination makes sense. SDCWA doesn’t have a policy position or a financial stake in the proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach but wants to make certain the facts at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant are accurate.

Dobken: People Deserve Facts and a Science-based Discussion Regarding Spent Nuclear Fuel at San Onofre

John Dobken, Public Information Officer at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, writes that Southern California Edison is in the process of moving spent nuclear fuel from wet to dry storage. The reactors at San Onofre nuclear plant were retired in 2013. But attention has been turned to the spent fuel on site. Some are trying to mislead the public about what spent fuel is, and how it’s stored, Dobken argues and Edison is correcting the record.

Sharma: The Invisible Food Waste Problem

Aashna Sharma, a sixth grader from Newport Beach who attends The Pegasus School, writes about the alarming problem of food waste and waste management and how everyone can be part of solving this issue.

Mosko: Finally, a Bill in Congress to Fix Climate Crisis

With just a dozen years left to address climate change before impacts become disastrous, Sarah Mosko writes that Orange County faces real flooding and water table threats, noting that residents should support new bipartisan legislation in Congress to address the climate crisis.

Richards: County’s Dismissal of Land-Use Plans Challenged by Lawsuit

Orange resident Tina Richards writes that the county ignored zoning laws that prohibited commercial operations in the canyons by approving Red Rock Gardens, a business that would host weddings and other events. Citizens are taking legal action to protect existing land-use plans.

Mosko: The Taboo on Talking Climate Change

Sarah “Steve” Mosko is a local O.C. resident who writes that Congress has the power to address the problems of climate change effectively and globally, but must take action.