Carlsbad, CA – Poseidon Resources, Inc. announced today that it has been recognized as one of the United States’ top 100 companies that are “Going Green” by Forbes Magazine. Last year, Poseidon announced its heralded Carlsbad seawater desalination plant will be the first major infrastructure project in the state to voluntarily eliminate its carbon footprint.
“Poseidon’s voluntary commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is unprecedented,” said Poseidon Resources Vice President Peter MacLaggan. “We have taken a bold step into uncharted territory and we hope our example will help set the tone for the implementation of AB32, California’s ground-breaking Global Warming Solutions Act,” said MacLaggan.
Santa Cruz Sentinel – Shanna McCord
SANTA CRUZ — The first step down the long road to securing the area’s future water supply was taken Thursday as a temporary test desalination plant on the Westside was switched on.
The $4 million pilot plant, to run for at least a year at the Seymour Center’s Long Marine Lab, is expected to set the stage for a permanent desalination facility in Santa Cruz around 2015.
“The major goal of this project for Santa Cruz is to deal with our problem of not having enough water in drought conditions,” Councilman Mike Rotkin said during the plant’s grand opening. “This is our best hope.”
The Effects Of The Increase, Which Takes Effect Jan. 1, On Southern California Household Bills Will Vary Broadly.
Los Angeles Times – By Deborah Schoch
The Metropolitan Water District board on Tuesday approved a 14.3% increase in the 2009 rates it will charge for imported water, a hike that will vary widely in the dollars it adds to Southern California household water bills.
The increase is a harsh reminder of water shortages caused by dry weather in California, drought in the Rockies and a court ruling hundreds of miles away, board members said.
Some members argued unsuccessfully that rates should rise 20%, an increase that would reflect the full cost of importing water. Next year, the MWD will take $166 million from already low reserves to balance the budget, officials said.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."