By Martin Wisckol, Orange County Register
A lawsuit seeking a new environmental report for the controversial Poseidon desalination plant proposed for Huntington Beach was rejected by a Sacramento Superior Court judge on Tuesday. Three environmental groups had filed the suit, arguing that the plant’s 2010 Environmental Impact Report needed to be entirely done over because of subsequent changes to the proposal.
Here is the chronological list of lawsuits that have been filed against the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project. Between 2006 and 2018, six legal challenges – two lawsuits and four administrative permit appeals – were filed against the Huntington Beach desalination project by opponents of seawater desalination.
Tonight the Orange County Water District (“OCWD”) Board of Directors voted to approve an amendment to the 2015 water purchase agreement term sheet with Poseidon Water for the purchase of 56,000-acre feet per year of drinking water from the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Project (“Project”). “This is a great step forward for the ratepayers,” said Orange County Taxpayers Association President and CEO Carolyn Cavecche. “The new agreement further shifts financial risk and responsibility to the private sector, protecting ratepayers and keeping Orange County on track for water independence.”
Op-ed published on Sunday, May 26, 2018 in the Orange County Register.
Managing our existing water supplies and planning for future needs requires thoughtful deliberation. Significant fluctuations in the manifestation and intensity of seasonal weather conditions, symptoms of climate change, are becoming the new normal and there is no “one size fits all approach” to dealing with its effects. Consider that, in just this current decade, California has gone from its most severe drought to one of its wettest winters in recorded history, and now back to a below average winter snowpack this year. This unpredictability requires us to take a closer look at our traditional water resources and how we can diversify to reduce dependence on climate-dependent water supplies.
Majority of California State Legislature want to bring an end to project’s 16-year permitting process
Sacramento, CA – Today, Poseidon Water announced overwhelming support from sixty-five California state legislators, including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Pro Tem – designee Toni Atkins, in support of the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Project.
Poseidon Water to collaborate with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to research and develop new water technologies
Poseidon Water today announced a collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to support the development of new water technologies to lower the energy requirements, environmental impacts, and costs of water treatment. Poseidon has offered to share access and operating data from the Carlsbad and proposed Huntington Beach desalination facilities to allow for the development and testing of new water technologies.
Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board Deems Complete Huntington Beach Desalination Project Application
Determination marks important milestone in the final phase of project permitting
Huntington Beach, CA – Today, Poseidon Water announced that the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (“Regional Board”) has deemed complete the Huntington Beach Desalination Project (“Project”) application to amend and renew its existing ocean discharge permit and for a determination that the proposed Project complies with the California’s new, stringent seawater desalination regulations.
On May 10, 2017, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles) announced his support for the Huntington Beach Desalination Project. Rendon joins Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León as well as his predecessor Speaker Emeritus and Senator Toni Atkins in calling for California Coastal Commission approval of the much-need Orange County facility.
Top Environmental Leaders – former Senator Boxer and former Speaker Núñez – Call for State Approval of Huntington Beach Desalination Project
Two of the country’s top environmental leaders called on state regulators to immediately approve the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination project.
Former Senator Barbara Boxer (D), considered to be one of the strongest champions of environmental protection in the history of the US Senate, along with former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez (D), the author of California’s landmark legislation to curb climate change, are asking state leaders to finally approve the Huntington Beach project, which has been mired in bureaucratic red tape for over a decade.
By Allan Bernstein, Contributing writer
The Oroville Reservoir is continuing to drain Wednesday as state water officials scrambled to reduce the lake’s level ahead of impending storms. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez. The visual of water pouring down the Oroville Dam’s broken spillway could not be a better metaphor for California’s crumbling infrastructure. Orange County learned decades ago that if we wait for Sacramento to act, our infrastructure would be in just as much jeopardy as it is elsewhere in the state.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."