Ted Owen / Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
As 2009 ended, the latest attempt to derail the Carlsbad Desalination Plant was rejected by the California Coastal Commission. The celebration was short-lived, as two fringe environmental groups, undaunted by yet another defeat, kept up their assault on the project by filing yet another request that the Commission revoke the permit granted to Poseidon Resources in 2007.
For those of you keeping score, that’s five lawsuits and another five permit appeals spearheaded by lawyers representing the Surfrider Foundation and Coastkeeper. To date, all of these challenges have been rejected. In fact, over the last six years, every permitting and regulatory agency has approved this desalination facility and every court petitioned to overturn the approvals has declined to do so.
Some Huntington Beach Residents Will Have To Scale Back Their Water Usage To Comply With New City Rules That Go Into Effect Wednesday.
Orange County Register / Annie Burris
HUNTINGTON BEACH — Some Huntington Beach residents will have to scale back their water usage to comply with new city rules that go into effect Wednesday. The new restrictions limit when residents and businesses can water landscapes, prohibit excessive water flow and runoff, and require restaurants to only serve drinking water when requested. Huntington Beach will set new restrictions on water usage beginning Wednesday. Those who violate the rules could be guilty of a misdemeanor, which could include fines up to $1,000 and 6 months in the county jail, officials say. The city could also disconnect the person’s water supply.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."