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Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: November 14, 2018 - 8:00 pm
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: November 21, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: December 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
Regional Water Board Meeting
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: December 7, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Location: 2000 Main Street Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Coastal Commission - Newport Beach
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: December 14, 2018 - 5:00 pm
Location: 100 Civic Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660
R4RD Board Meeing
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: December 12, 2018 - 8:00 pm
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: December 19, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: January 2, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
R4RD Board Meeing
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: January 9, 2019 - 8:00 pm
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: January 16, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA

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    Regional Water Board Cancels Poseidon Hearing

  • The next step for Poseidon to get approval to build HB Desal plant is to get approval to not support the CA Desal requirements.  However, they are having problems with coming up with reasons why they should not be subject to the requirements.  As a result, the Dec 7th hearing is cancelled.  Info.

  • Poseidon is Costly and Risky

  • The OC Register had an article summarizing MODOC’s draft analysis of future water demand. Of note, Poseidon (the planned HB Desalinization Plant) was the least cost effective and most financial risky of all other possible options to reduce future risk of water shortage.
    OC Register article can be found here.
    MODOC report here

  • Doheny Proposal: Desal Done Right

  • Garry Brown writes a great commentary about why Doheny is the correct way to do desal vs Poseidon. Article can be found here.

  • Global Warming Does not Mean Drier SoCal

  • UCR Professor, Robert Allen, has published a new paper regarding SoCal’s changing climate. Allen states

    “It’s all about smoothing the seasonable differences. If we can take advantage of the enhanced winter rainfall, we can hopefully get through the drying trends the rest of the year.

    . Based on Allen’s comment, we should be storing the water we have and not building a desal plant which will increase CO2.
    Read the summary here.

  • ANGER MANAGEMENT

  • On July 18th the OCWD Directors approved the 2018 Term Sheet to purchase desalinated water from Poseidon Resources.
    If you are as mad at the slim majority of Directors who voted for “approval” as I am, I sympathize with you.
    Read More

  • Where will Poseidon water go?

  • It has been two years since OCWD last tried to figure out what to do with Poseidon’s water. Have heard nothing more….Here is the link.

  • Poseidon Problems 101

  • CoastKeeper put together this great video outlining the Problem with Poseidon.

  • Another Poseidon Cost

  • OCWD estimates that it could cost an additional $350 million for additional wells to pump out Poseidon water.
    ProducersPumps

  • OCWD Misleads Commission

  • John Earl highlights how the Poseidon backed OCWD provides biased and misleading info to State Lands Commission. Article

  • Crony Capitalism in OC

  • Debbie Cook has a great article in Surf City Voice showing Crony Capitalism thriving at OCWD.
    Link

    Big push for the “need” for the project.

Outside OCWD

    Status In Carlsbad

  • Great presentation to the CCC by Mandy Sackett

  • SD Desal Lesson to OC

  • Marco Gonzalez has a great commentary in the SD Union Tribune.

    You don’t have to look too far for proof that Poseidon will be an unreliable partner.

  • California Could Have Stored Abundant Water Underground

  • Newsdeeply has a great article about storing water during rainy years.  See it here.

    California has much more potential to store water underground in aquifers than in surface reservoirs. The state should be focused on this opportunity for future years, writes scientist Mohammad Safeeq.

  • Future of Desal in CA

  • Interesting Article by Tony Davis.

    The future of coastal desalination in California could be determined by the decision on permits for a plant in Huntington Beach

  • The Ocean Isn’t the Answer in California

  • Justin Fox posted an article on Bloomberg View about why desal does not make sense.

    Whenever there’s a drought in California, a seemingly obvious source of new water supply beckons. The state abuts a giant ocean. Why not just take the salt out of some of that seawater? It’s the high-tech, forward-looking thing to do, right? It’s also the really expensive thing to do.

    Read more here.

  • New Stanford Report: Desal Location is Key

  • New Report from Stanford highlights the imports that the location of a desalination plant is critical for its overall success.  Key among these are:

    1. Easy access to renewable engine
    2. Ability to use subsurface intake
    3. Availability of other water supplies

    Article can be found here.

  • Managing Drought: Learning from Australia

  • A new report shows strategies developed and mistakes made during Australia’s decade-long millennium drought provide a powerful resource for California, as the state enters its fifth year of severe drought.  The report can be found here.

  • South OC has little demand for Desal Water

  • South Orange County has to import most of their water, but not too interested in expensive desal water.  Orange County Water District General Manager Michael Markus said the South Coast Water District plans to build a plant at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point that was expected to produce 15 million gallons of desalinated water per day.  However, Kennedy said

    [Doheny Desal] expected production was cut to 5 million gallons per day because of a lack of interest from surrounding water agencies

    The LA Times article can be found here.

  • Fact-Checked:SD Desal Water Dumped in Lake

  • The Voice Of San Diego has a great article about the misleading (possibly lie) Scott Maloni said at an OCWD meeting regarding desal water being dumped in a lake.
    Here is the article

  • Carlsbad Desal Plant Launches Amid Ample Water

  • Morgon Cook from San Diego Union Tribune writes:
    “The $1 billion desalination plant coming online next month in Carlsbad will fit right in with years of careful planning and investment in water supply in San Diego County.
    It will also worsen a peculiar San Diego problem amid a multi-year drought — oversupply of water.
    Unlike other parts of California, San Diego has 99 percent of the water needed for normal usage. But statewide conservation mandates have applied equally to areas that have plenty of water and those that don’t, so the result here has been water piling up unused while local water agencies raise rates to make up for lost sales.”

    Link to SD Union Tribune