“Over the last several months crews have been working to demolish tanks that were on the Carlsbad site where [a] 5.5-acre [desalination] plant will go. The project, 15 years in the making, will produce 50 million gallons of fresh water per day, and they’re expecting fresh water production before the end of 2015.”
Construction of the desalination plant in Carlsbad took a big step forward Thursday, when Poseidon Water began pouring concrete for a 3-million-gallon water tank.
Work on the county’s first desalination facility began this year, after the San Diego Water Authority approved a contract in November to buy about 50 million acre-feet of water per day from Poseidon.
State water board members received an earful Tuesday of the fierce debate over California American Water’s potential right to pump from the overdrafted Salinas Valley groundwater basin for the Monterey Peninsula water project.
During a special meeting at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the State Water Resources Control Board heard from Salinas Valley growers, their allies and Peninsula interests as part of a public workshop on the water board staff’s draft review of the sticky water rights issue.
ONE of the frequent criticisms of California’s environmental planning law is that it has become a source of lawsuits.
Cities, counties and other public agencies may try to prepare environmental impact reports so that they are “bulletproof,” invulnerable to costly lawsuits, but they usually are the biggest last-ditch targets for legal challenges.
Given that trend, it was not surprising that the North Coast Rivers Alliance, an environmental group, filed a lawsuit contesting the adequacy of the multi-million-dollar environmental impact report
Water ratepayers got their first chance Monday to speak out about a critical environmental evaluation of a proposed seawater desalination plant, and for the most part, they came out swinging.
While a few expressed support or neutrality for the $115 million proposal to create a new water supply for Santa Cruz and neighboring Soquel Creek Water District, many more speakers cited opposition or “skepticism,” as some put it.
California American Water’s proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project could be delayed for about seven months because the release of the draft environmental impact report has been pushed back to next year.
According to a ruling from state Public Utilities Commission judge Gary Weatherford late Thursday, the draft EIR will be released in February so it can include additional hydrogeological data from the site of the project’s desalination plant intake wells, as recommended by the state Water Resources Control Board.