Poseidon’s attempt to influence the State Lands Commission is too little, too late. Promising environmentally friendly methods in building a $1 billion desalination plant in Huntington Beach is not sufficient to overcome its past record of problems surrounding its Tampa Bay plant.
The California Coastal Commission has suggested and urged Poseidon to use a subsurface intake pipe so that the sand would act as a filter for marine life, such as small fish, fish larvae and eggs, which Poseidon has rejected because of the expense.
The Orange County Water District has recently expanded its groundwater replenishment system by 30 million gallons of fresh water daily for a total of 130 million gallons a day, which more then doubles the amount produced by the Carlsbad and proposed Huntington Beach plant and makes the desalination plant irrelevant.
Autor: Richard C. Armendariz …