“Over the last several months crews have been working to demolish
tanks that were on the Carlsbad site where [a] 5.5-acre
[desalination] plant will go. The project, 15 years in the
making, will produce 50 million gallons of fresh water per day,
and they’re expecting fresh water production before the end of
Construction of the desalination plant in Carlsbad took a big
step forward Thursday, when Poseidon Water began pouring concrete
for a 3-million-gallon water tank. Work on the county’s first
desalination facility began this year, after the San Diego Water
Authority approved a contract in November to buy about 50 million
acre-feet of water per day from Poseidon.
State water board members received an earful Tuesday of the
fierce debate over California American Water’s potential right
to pump from the overdrafted Salinas Valley groundwater basin
for the Monterey Peninsula water project.
During a special meeting at the Monterey Institute of
International Studies, the State Water Resources Control Board
heard from Salinas Valley growers, their allies and Peninsula
interests as part of a public workshop on the water board
staff’s draft review of the sticky water rights issue.
ONE of the frequent criticisms of California’s environmental
planning law is that it has become a source of lawsuits.
Cities, counties and other public agencies may try to prepare
environmental impact reports so that they are “bulletproof,”
invulnerable to costly lawsuits, but they usually are the
biggest last-ditch targets for legal challenges.
Given that trend, it was not surprising that the North Coast
Rivers Alliance, an environmental group, filed a lawsuit
contesting the adequacy of the multi-million-dollar
environmental impact report
Water ratepayers got their first chance Monday to speak
out about a critical environmental evaluation of a proposed
seawater desalination plant, and for the most part, they came
While a few expressed support or neutrality for the $115
million proposal to create a new water supply for Santa Cruz
and neighboring Soquel Creek Water District, many more speakers
cited opposition or “skepticism,” as some put it.
California American Water’s proposed Monterey Peninsula Water
Supply Project could be delayed for about seven months because
the release of the draft environmental impact report has been
pushed back to next year.
According to a ruling from state Public Utilities Commission
judge Gary Weatherford late Thursday, the draft EIR will be
released in February so it can include additional
hydrogeological data from the site of the project’s
desalination plant intake wells, as recommended by the state
Water Resources Control Board.