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.
As part of the draft permit issued by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, Poseidon Water will be required to assume responsibility for the preservation, enhancement, and restoration of the Bolsa Chica wetlands. Poseidon will assume responsibility for the maintenance of a functional ocean inlet, which serves as the lifeblood of the Ecological Reserve, and additionally restore muted tidelands and design and construct a water circulating system to keep Bolsa Chica flushed with fresh seawater, enabling a thriving and healthy habitat. This video provides more details about the Bolsa Chica preservation program.
Support in Huntington Beach for Poseidon Water’s proposed desalination plant is growing according to a May 2020 survey with more than three out of four Huntington Beach voters saying they support the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Facility. On Tuesday, July 21, the Orange County Register ran a front-page story about the strong support desal has with the public. You can read that here.
On November 22, 2019, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a Tentative Order to renew the operating permit, first issued in 2006, for the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Plant. The Regional Board staff’s proposed permit considered all requirements of the California Ocean Plan’s new desalination policy and finds that the project is compliant and will use the best available site, design, technology and mitigation measures feasible to minimize the intake and mortality of all forms of marine life.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."