Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Monterey County Officials Wanted Marina Coast Out of Regional Project

From the Monterey County Herald:

Top Monterey County officials met in early 2011 to discuss ways to dump the Marina Coast Water District from the regional desalination project, raising questions about the county’s efforts to make the three-pronged project partnership work and potentially affecting civil litigation aimed at unraveling the failed proposal.

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Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Science Backs Moss Landing Desal Proposal

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“Newly released environmental studies show a proposed desalination plant in Moss Landing would have a limited impact on the Monterey Bay.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Nation’s Largest Ocean Desalination Plant Goes Up Near San Diego; Future of the California Coast?

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“The crews are building what boosters say represents California’s best hope for a drought-proof water supply: the largest ocean desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. The $1 billion project will provide 50 million gallons of drinking water a day for San Diego County when it opens in 2016.”

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Aquafornia news CNN

How Oceans Can Solve Our Freshwater Crisis

From CNN:

“Thanks to improved technology, turning ocean water into freshwater is becoming more economically feasible. And a looming global water crisis may make it crucial to the planet’s future.

‘Whenever a drought exacerbates freshwater supplies in California, people tend to look toward the ocean for an answer,” said Jennifer Bowles, executive director of the California-based Water Education Foundation.’”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

California City Looks to Sea for Water In Drought

From the Associated Press:

“This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water.”

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Proposals

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking proposals from universities, water utilities, private industry and others to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs. Reclamation is interested in research that will have national significance and where the benefits of the technology will be widespread.”

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Aquafornia news McClatchy

Israel No Longer Worried About Its Water Supply, Thanks to Desalination Plants

From McClatchy:

“Israel has gone through one of the driest winters in its history, but despite the lean rainy season, the government has suspended a longstanding campaign to conserve water. …

“The reason: Israel has in recent years achieved a quiet water revolution through desalination.”

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Commentary: Fourth Term for Gov. Brown Needs Bold Ideas

From the Los Angeles Times, in the Capitol Journal column by George Skelton:

“Gov. Jerry Brown enjoys a unique position that no California governor has been in for 68 years. He is a virtual shoo-in for reelection.

“That gives him an extremely rare opportunity to rise above conventional political rhetoric and open a substantive dialogue with voters about the state’s future direction.

Aquafornia news NBC News

Parched California Pours Mega-Millions Into Desalination Tech

From NBC News:

“Besieged by drought and desperate for new sources of water, California towns are ramping up plans to convert salty ocean water into drinking water to quench their long-term thirst. The plants that carry out the high-tech “desalination” process can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but there may be few other choices for the parched state.”

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Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Dana Point Desal Plant Still Figures to Drink Too Much Capital

From the Orange County Register:

For more than a decade, local water districts in South County have partnered with cities to explore the possibility of developing a desalination plant in Dana Point to convert ocean water to drinkable water for the area.

“After years of testing, some partners are ready to move forward with permitting for the eventual construction of a plant, but funding is a huge obstacle and not all of the partners are sure they can afford it.”

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Commentary: Desalination Could Help California — But Only If It’s Done Right

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by David Helvarg:

“Californians used to call it earthquake weather, the unseasonably warm, dry, blue-sky days that pushed deep into this year’s rainy season. Now we just call it drought.”

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Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Desalination Plant on Course for 2016

From U-T San Diego:

“One year after construction began, the $1 billion Carlsbad desalination plant is under budget and on schedule to begin producing 50 million gallons of drinking water per day two years from now. …

“Poseidon Water, the private company building the plant, and the water authority, which is partnering on the project, will give tours of the plant Wednesday to local media and politicians.”

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Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Applications Available for New Santa Cruz Water Panel

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“The city of Santa Cruz opened the application process Thursday for a new citizen-led advisory panel that will study water supply and management options for at least the next year.

“The City Council approved the formation of the 14-member task force Nov. 26 to lead a new public outreach effort on water planning.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Israel, Jordan and Palestinians Sign Accord on Water Cooperation

From the Los Angeles Times:

“In a rare example of regional cooperation, Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officials have signed an agreement aimed at generating new water sources for all three and saving the Dead Sea, a unique nature site and prime economic asset.”

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Aquafornia news Pacific Institute

News Release: New Desalination Study Shows Strategies to Help Mitigate Marine Impacts

From the Pacific Institute:

“Desalination, like other major industrial processes, has environmental impacts that must be understood and mitigated.
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Commentary: Desalination Could Preserve Salton Sea

From The Desert Sun, in a commentary by Jerome H. Holmlund:

“The Salton Sea water loss poses a growing environmental and economic threat to the Coachella Valley, Imperial County and the state. …

“In the 21st century, why should the Coachella Valley and Imperial County be threatened with severe economic and environmental problems, and the Salton Sea’s preservation questioned, to transfer water from a desert to cities on the shores of the Pacific Ocean?

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Failed Desal Project: Judge Postpones Review of Settlement Agreement

From the Monterey County Herald:

“A state Public Utilities Commission judge has indefinitely postponed review of a highly secretive settlement agreement proposal between California American Water and Monterey County over the failed regional desalination project.”

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Commentary: Avert Water Wars — Build Desalination Plants

From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Joel Brinkley:

“Get ready for the water wars.

“Most of the world’s population takes water for granted, just like air — two life-sustaining substances.”

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Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Editorial: Good Luck Finding Out About Desal Project

From The Monterey County Herald:

“If you’d like to know more about what the Monterey County government staff did to help get a desalination plant, or what they might have done to make the project fail, well you can forget about it. You may be paying for their work, but what they did is none of your business.

“That’s how the Public Utilities Commission sees it.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Coastal Panel Delays Action on Huntington Beach Desalination Plant

From the Los Angeles Times:

“State coastal commissioners Wednesday postponed a vote on a proposed seawater desalination plant after concluding that they lacked the information to decide whether a key part of the proposal should be redesigned.