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December 2, 2020
  • OC Water District Board Meeting
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: December 2, 2020 - 7:00 pm
    Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
December 9, 2020
December 16, 2020
  • OC Water District Board Meeting
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: December 16, 2020 - 7:00 pm
    Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
January 6, 2021
  • OC Water District Board Meeting
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: January 6, 2021 - 7:00 pm
    Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
January 13, 2021

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    Poseidon Delays Again

  • Poseidon’s poor management happens again. Poseidon asks the Regional Water Board to hold off on addressing their permit. See the press release here.

  • Poseidon needs current OCWD board members.

  • Martin Wisckol article in OCR highlights that making sure two OCWD board members remain is the only way for the desal plant to go through.

  • Reasons To Oppose Desal

  • Reasons to Stop Poseidon

  • Ray Hiemstra wrote this great article for Sierra Club about why Poseidon does not make sense. He also requests everyone go to the campaign site and plan to participate at the July 31 hearing. 

  • Water Usage Down 25%

  • OCWD water usage down 25% compared to 2000.

  • SARWCB Questions Need for Poseidon

  • Martin Wisckol from Orange County Register summarized the SARWCB Poseidon Workshop here. Board Member William von Blasingame had the following to say to OCWD/Poseidon.

    It looks like you don’t have a home for this water.   You’re going to scrounge around for a home. And if you don’t find it, you’re going to inject it into the ground.

  • Critical Meeting 12/6 8AM @ HB City Hall

  • Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board is having a workshop at HB City Hall on December 6 at 8AM.  Please show up.

  • R4RD Response to OCWD Letter to Governor

  • Following is R4RD’s response to OCWD’s request that Governor Newsom help expedite Poseidon’s permitting process.
    Gov Newsom OCWD response 10-30-2019

  • Common Sense from OCWD Director

  • Here is a brief video from Kelly Rowe,OCWD Director for District 7,  going over why Poseidon Desal plant does not make sense.

  • Updated Timeline

  • Timeline has clarified.  Here is an updated Timeline:
    October 15, 2019
    Town Hall meeting
    Plan on attending
    December 6, 2019
    Santa Ana Regional Water District has permit workshop at HB City Hall.
    Plan on attending
    February, 2020
    Santa Ana Regional Water District votes on final permit
    Plan on attending
    Q2-Q3 2020
    Coastal Commission hearing
    Plan on attending

    The above dates are likely based on the latest information we have received.

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