The California Coastal Fee Thursday unanimously rejected a controversial plan to construct a desalination plant in Huntington Seashore.
A number of hundred folks attended the listening to, which passed off in Costa Mesa, and voiced their help and opposition to the undertaking in entrance of the 12 voting members of the fee, who all voted to disclaim a coastal growth allow for the Poseidon Water desalination facility.
“This victory for sustainable water wouldn’t have been doable with out the continued advocacy of Orange County residents and water warriors throughout the state,” Garry Brown, founder and president of the nonprofit environmental group Orange County Coastkeeper, stated after the vote.
Again in 2017, the California State Lands Feewhich has been deliberate alongside Pacific Coast Freeway.
Many residents and environmental teams have voiced their opposition to the Poseidon Water desalination plant for years. A number of dozen folks additionally held a protest in opposition to the plant Wednesday in Costa Mesa.
Opponents are involved about the associated fee to shoppers, the lack of sea life, together with issues about air pollution and the quantity of power that will likely be wanted to run the plant. They argue Poseidon’s desalinated water would run 4 occasions larger than the price of imported water, vastly impacting low-income people.
“So, now we have an enormous quantity of water underground, and we faucet into that, and that’s our main supply of water in north and central Orange County,” Ray Hiemstra with Orange County Coastkeeper instructed CBSLA Wednesday. “In order that’s why constructing a plant right here, in north or central Orange County, is just like the worst location you could possibly probably try this.”
Poseidon already has a desalination plant in Carlsbad that produces 10 % of San Diego County’s water provide.
“Sure we want water, we do not want all of the instruments within the toolkit, we want the instruments that make sense,” stated Andrea Leon Grossman, director of the group Azul Local weather Motion. “And the instruments that make sense are effectivity, conservation, rainwater seize and recycling water. These are those that make sense, not just for the surroundings, however for the pocketbooks of individuals which might be struggling proper now.”
Steve Sheldon, president of the Orange County Water District, needed to see the undertaking authorized.
“Our water provide has not stored up with the inhabitants development, we desperately want extra water provide tasks,” Sheldon stated earlier than the vote. “We completely want that. We’d like the Coastal Fee to approve the allow, after which issues will come collectively, curiosity will develop. As soon as the allow is authorized, every little thing modifications.”
Poseidon Water stated in a press release previous to the vote that stated the ability “will use state-of-the-art know-how to fulfill or exceed all native, state and federal environmental legal guidelines and laws, and can adjust to the brand new state water board ocean plan laws.”
The corporate launched one other assertion following the vote, which learn:
“This was not the choice we had been hoping for at present. We thank Gov. Gavin Newsom for his help of this undertaking, appropriately stating that desalination is a crucial instrument within the toolkit. We imagine within the governor’s imaginative and prescient and his Water Resilience Portfolio, which recognized the purpose of sustaining and diversifying water provides.”
The California-based “Cease Poseidon” coalition, made up of environmental justice, coastal and ocean conservation teams, additionally launched a press release shortly after the choice was made:
“In the present day was a very good day. It is a day the place the Elders of our group really felt that they’ve been heard and regarded in an area the place they haven’t been prior to now. Thanks to the California Coastal Fee and its employees for supporting us in stopping and denying the Poseidon Desalination Undertaking allow request in Huntington Seashore California,” stated Frankie Orona of the Society of Native Nations, Environmental liaison for Chief Anthony Morales of the Gabrieleno Tongva Tribe of the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians.”