Permit for California desalination plant denied

Huntington Beach
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A $1.4 billion plan to build a seaside desalination plant has been rejectedOpens in a new tab. by the California Coastal Commission.

The Poseidon Water desalination facilityOpens in a new tab. would have been constructed in Huntington Beach and was expected to produce 50 million gallons of potable water per day.

According to PoseidonOpens in a new tab., the plant would have been “a 100% carbon-neutral, cost-effective, environmentally sound solution to provide safe and reliable water.”

The GuardianOpens in a new tab. reports that “environmentalists who said drawing in large amounts of ocean water and releasing salty discharge back into the ocean would kill billions of tiny marine organisms that make up the base of the food chain along a large swath of the coast.”

Environmental impacts and aquifer recharge programs existing in the area were factors in the California Coastal Commission’s unanimous decision to deny the permit.

The Commission, which plans and regulates the use of land and water in California’s coastal zone, was established by voter initiative in 1972Opens in a new tab. and later made permanent by the Legislature through adoption of the California Coastal Act of 1976.




Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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