Maestas, Rodriguez and Vielma: Poseidon’s Desalination Plant Threatens our Climate and Human Right to Clean Water

As the Regional Water Board considers final permits for an ocean water desalination plant in Huntington Beach, Latinx community leaders argue it would infringe on our fundamental human rights to a safe climate and clean water; countering an OpEd by a League of United Latin American Citizens lobbyist.

Sefton and Schlotterbeck: Orange County Needs a Tree Preservation Policy

Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks supports a tree preservation policy going before the OC Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The precedent-setting policy will protect mature, native trees that improve our quality of life and contribute to the beauty of the environment. Distinctions on property size, location, and exceptions to this policy exist.

Barrera: Climate Change Is the Real Threat to Latinx

The exploitation by opponents of seawater desalination of environmental justice concerns is both unfortunate and misguided. The real threat to economically disadvantaged and communities of color is climate change and its effect on the environment and our water resources. LULAC takes this threat very seriously and so does the state of California, which is why every state agency to date charged with permitting the Huntington Beach Desalination Project has done so.

Maestas: Poseidon Desalination Would Worsen Environmental Injustice in Orange County

I grew up in Irvine, with a deep awareness of how important the ocean is. Now, our regional water board is moving closer to issuing permits to a global corporation called Poseidon for a massive desalination plant in Huntington Beach that would worsen environmental injustice. Low-income families and communities of color—who already face the worst impacts of climate change and housing costs—would be locked into paying for more expensive drinking water.

Ip: Plastic Whale in Last Resort

“How can we celebrate the whales when we’re adding to the destruction of their home in the process?” In the week of the 49th Festival of Whales, primarily sponsored by the City of Dana Point and County of Orange, environmentalists question these agencies’ reluctance to tackle the plastic crisis.

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.