“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.”
“Simply put, 2013 was a watershed year for water agencies in Santa Cruz County.
“Often in short supply in California, water became an even greater environmental and political focal point in 2013 — the driest on record for some parts of the state — after the city of Santa Cruz drew down its reservoir to the lowest level in nearly two decades and pressed the pause button on a controversial seawater desalination facility.”
“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.”
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?
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“State coastal officials say a hotly disputed proposal to turn ocean water into tap in Orange County should be revamped to protect marine life but the company planning to build what would be one of the Western Hemisphere’s two biggest desalination plants called the recommended changes a deal killer.”
“A proposed seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach could significantly harm parts of the Southern California ocean environment unless substantial changes are made in its design and operation, according to the staff of the state Coastal Commission.
“A staff report prepared for this week’s commission vote on the project highlights the potential downside of large-scale efforts to turn the salty water of the Pacific Ocean into drinking supplies for coastal California.”