Vice President Kamala Harris was right on point last year when she said that clean water is a fundamental human right. President Biden has put those words into action by signing an executive order establishing a White House council on environmental justice.
Every Californian has a right to clean, reliable affordable drinking water. As the California Chapter of the oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States, the California League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) shares this administration’s belief that investing in modern water infrastructure is a starting point to ensure the state meets this obligation.
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Opponents of a proposed desalination facility along the Huntington Beach coastline are aghast that Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken steps to help end a years-long regulatory logjam. Although an environmentalist, the governor clearly recognizes the importance of developing new water sources to meet California’s needs.
Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board Releases Revised Permit for Huntington Beach Desalination Project
Poseidon Proposes Enhanced Coastal Habitat Restoration Plan and Accelerated Bolsa Chica Wetlands Financial Obligation
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (February 12, 2021) - The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (“Regional Board”) today released a revised Tentative Order permitting the operation of the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Project (“Project”). The Regional Board is tentatively planning to consider adoption of the permit this coming April.
The Regional Board held three public hearings in July and August 2020 to consider the staff- recommended amendment and renewal of the Project’s permit, which was first adopted in 2006. The Regional Board requested at the time that Poseidon and its staff work together to amend plans to mitigate the Project’s unavoidable marine life effects.
On Tuesday, July 21, the Santa Ana Regional Water Board staff issued their recommendation that its Board APPROVE the renewal of the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Plant permit, at their board hearing on July 30-31. Public testimony via Zoom will begin on Thursday, July 30. This flyer has more information about the hearing. If you would like to register to speak, please reach out to Brian Lochrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone or text at 949-294-8269.
A recent economic study was released by Bay-area M-Cubed that analyzed the fiscal and economic impact of Poseidon Water’s proposed seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach. The total capital investment has been pegged at $1.4 billion including the product water distribution system to convey the high-quality drinking water throughout Orange County while creating new, local jobs and tax revenue for Orange County.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."
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Court of Appeals Issues Favorable Ruling
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