Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz Council to Review Plan for Next Steps In Desalination Water Debate

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“City Manager Martín Bernal will take the first step Tuesday toward starting a fresh dialogue with the public about water supply planning while simultaneously completing an analysis of seawater desalination.

“Bernal will seek the City Council’s blessing on a new public engagement plan to re-evaluate supply challenges, greater conservation and other alternatives, as well as address questions and comments about desal from residents and regulators.”

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Blog: What About Desalination?

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post by Nancy Vogel, California Department of Water Resources:

“Despite high costs and other barriers to adoption, the appeal of desalination never vanishes in California. It sharpens during drought or when debates over the Delta intensify, but so far, it has not proven the silver bullet to end California’s water woes.
Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Court Clears Way for Marin Desal Plant, But Water District Has No Plans to Pursue Project

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“The Marin Municipal Water District’s desalination plant proposal has no more legal impediments, but its plan to send bay water to taps is nowhere close to reality.

“This week the State Supreme Court refused to reconsider a 1st District Court of Appeal ruling in May that said the water district complied with the California Environmental Quality Act when it approved an environmental impact report for the desalination project.”


Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Marin Desalination Plant Edges Closer to Construction

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“A desalination plant to deliver cleansed drinking water from San Rafael Bay to homes in Marin County moved a step closer to construction Wednesday when the state Supreme Court rejected a challenge by environmental advocates.

“The San Rafael plant would provide at least 5 million gallons of water per day to residents of the Marin Municipal Water District.”

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Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Failed Desal Project: Court Rules Appeal Moot

From the Monterey Herald:

“Attorneys for both sides are claiming victory after an appeals court ruled that a successful challenge to the failed regional desalination project’s environmental review was no longer relevant.

“In a ruling issued Monday [August 26], the Sixth District Court of Appeal found the Marina Coast Water District’s appeal of a decision by a Monterey County judge that the project’s EIR was inadequate is ‘moot,’ or irrelevant, because both sides agree the project is essentially dead.”

Aquafornia news Salinas Californian

Growers Aim to Protect Groundwater

From the Salinas Californian:

“A Tuesday night presentation on one of the three key desalination projects moving forward on the Monterey Peninsula highlights what all the proposals’ proponents understand: They must pass muster with agriculture concerns in the Salinas Valley.

“A couple of dozen growers and agri-business representatives listened to a presentation Tuesday night at Braga Ranch in Soledad advocating for the People’s Moss Landing Desalination Project, which, along with DeepWater Desal and California American Water Co.’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, is vyi

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Projects Selected to Share $1.1 Million for Desalination and Water Purification Research

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced that nine entities will share more than $1.1 million in awards in support of laboratory and pilot scale research studies in the field of water desalination and purification. Through required cost shares of up to 75%, Reclamation’s funding will be leveraged to support a total of $3 million in research.

“‘Desalination and other advanced water treatment technologies have the potential to provide new water sources for communities,’ Commissioner Connor said.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Desal in Santa Cruz

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“The city’s longtime water director acknowledged Tuesday his department focused for years on championing a solution to Santa Cruz’s vulnerable water supply rather than first ensuring ratepayers understood the threat.

“After top city leaders called for halting development of a seawater desalination project, Bill Kocher, who will retire in September after 27 years, said state and federal mandates for improved stream flow for fish habitat will reduce water supply 25 percent annually.

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Santa Cruz Puts Brakes on Desal Project

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“The city’s top two officials are expected to formally announce Tuesday their recommendation not to pursue a vote in 2014 on a controversial seawater desalination plant and instead work with the public on other avenues for safeguarding a drought-prone water supply.”

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Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Orange County’s State Lawmakers Back Poseidon Desalination Plant

From the Orange County Register:

“Orange County’s 11 representatives in the state Legislature have voiced support for the proposed desalination project in Huntington Beach that will be up for consideration at the California Coastal Commission this fall.”

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Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

State Officials Clear Way for Cal Am to Test Desalination Plant Impact on Salinas Valley Groundwater

From the Monterey Herald:

“A final report that may offer California American Water a legal path to securing a water source for its proposed Peninsula desalination plant has been released by the state water board.
Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Monterey Peninsula Water Project Agreements Hailed as Breakthrough

From the Monterey Herald:

“A series of agreements between California American Water and more than a dozen interested parties is being touted as a major breakthrough in the proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.
Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Commentary: Pro vs. Con – Does Huntington Beach Need to Approve Poseidon?

From the Orange County Register:

The commentary from guest columnists includes “Desalination Too Costly; Groundwater Basin Supplies Enough” and “Poseidon Opposition May Lead to Future Problems.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Desalination is next in the lineup of workshops for the Water Plan;
  • Stakeholder input at IRWM workshops is detailed in new report;
  • Research council report gives federal agencies guidance on sustainability issues;
  • DWR posts guidelines and PSP for Delta flood emergency response projects;
  • Watershed University offers information on flood risk and hazard mitigation; and
  • Toolkit helps build on relationship between water and en
Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

CPUC Says No to County Law on Desal Plant

From the Monterey Herald:

“There will be no rehearing on Monterey County’s ordinance requiring public ownership of desalination plants before the state Public Utilities Commission, leaving the county with a decision to make.”

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Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Monterey Peninsula Water Project Talks Face New Delay

From The Monterey Herald:

“A public conference to discuss a potential settlement on key Monterey Peninsula Water Project issues has been pushed back for a third time.

“It’s the latest delay for a project that already will miss its December 2016 deadline for providing a new water source for the Peninsula.

Aquafornia news Wall St. Journal

Desalination Water Plant’s Long Journey

From The Wall St. Journal:

“When the San Diego County Water Authority first hatched a dream of slaking this region’s thirst with desalinated water from the Pacific Ocean, Southern California was reeling from a five-year drought that had choked its water supply by a third.”

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Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Former Marina Water GM Gets $240,000 Severance

From The Monterey County Herald:

“A key figure at the center of the failed regional desalination project has officially left his post at the Marina Coast Water District.”

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Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Desalination Project: Poseidon Could Come Before Coastal Commission This Fall

From the Orange County Register:

“The California Coastal Commission is moving forward with Poseidon Water’s application for a desalination facility in Huntington Beach, but staff is urging the company to be prepared with more information for commissioners at a meeting slated for fall.”

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Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Clint Eastwood, Cal Am in Talks on Water Rights

From the Monterey County Herald:

“Clint Eastwood is working on a deal to alleviate the Monterey Peninsula’s immediate water shortage and provide more water for Carmel-area development in the future.”

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