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Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: August 7, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
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Ends: August 14, 2019 - 8:00 pm
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: August 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: September 4, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
R4RD Board Meeing
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: September 11, 2019 - 8:00 pm
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: September 18, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: October 2, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
R4RD Board Meeing
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 9, 2019 - 8:00 pm
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: October 16, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
OC Water District Board Meeting
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: November 6, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Location: 18700 Ward St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA

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    Updated Timeline

  • Poseidon continues to drag their feet on answering SARWQCB questions.  Here is the updated Timeline:
    August 2, 2019
    SARWQCB will have an agenda item on the Poseidon’s proposed mitigation options
    September 13, 2019
    SARWQCB has permit workshop
    Plan on attending
    December 6, 2019
    SARWQCB votes on final permit
    Plan on attending
    Q1 2020
    Coastal Commission hearing

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

  • Poseidon to Hurt Low Income Ratepayers

  • Azul released a UCLA report on the Environmental Justice issues around the Poseidon project.

    The only plausible impact of Agreement Water on disadvantaged households in the county will be a decrease in affordability due to higher system rates

  • Timeline

  • What are the next steps in Poseidon’s Approval Process?
    June or early July 2019
    SARWQCB issues draft permit
    August 2, 2019
    SARWQCB has permit workshop
    Plan on attending
    October 25, 2019
    SARWQCB votes on final permit
    Plan on attending
    Q1 2020
    Coastal Commission hearing

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

     

  • Poseidon is a bad deal for OC

  • Steve Bone’s article in OCR outlines why it does not make sense for rate payers.

  • Poseidon Ranked Worst Option

  • A study commissioned for Municipal Water District of Orange County  show Poseidon is the worst option.

  • 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

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