Should We Rely On Norcal Or Poseidon?
Bill Borden - As I See It
What do the delta smelt and Poseidon Resources have in common? Actually, one is the source of a monumental problem for Southern California and the other represents a very practical solution.
Currently, more than 50 percent of Orange County’s water comes from the Sacramento Delta and the Colorado River. Any significant reduction in this supply poses problems for the county and all of Southern California.
San Diego Union Tribune – Michael Burge, staff writer
SAN DIEGO – After a year of pleading its cause through letters and stacks of documents, a private company will get a shot Thursday at persuading the state Coastal Commission to let it build the Western Hemisphere’s largest desalination plant on the Carlsbad coast.
To approve the project, the 12-member commission will have to override its own staff, which recommends against allowing the plant. The commission’s staff says the plant would degrade water quality and harm marine life in Agua Hedionda Lagoon, the source of the ocean water that would be desalinated.
The developer, Poseidon Resources, argues that if it can build the plant, it will care for the lagoon and assure its future health.
“Desalination must be included in any discussion of future water sources for Orange County."