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California Drought News: Cheaper desalination and other bids for water independence



Poseidon Water has proposed a desalination plant in Huntington Beach. But the company pulled its application for a coastal development permit during a hearing in November 2013. Several California Coastal Commissioners questioned whether adequate studies had been done into the use of subsurface intake pipes.
Poseidon Water has proposed a desalination plant in Huntington Beach. But the company pulled its application for a coastal development permit during a hearing in November 2013. Several California Coastal Commissioners questioned whether adequate studies had been done into the use of subsurface intake pipes.
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And here's the part that gets the farmers who buy his water most excited: His solar desalination plant produces water that costs about a quarter of what more conventionally desalinated water costs: $450 an acre-foot versus $2,000 an acre-foot. (San Francisco Gate)

Grass can’t stay alive, leaving cows little to munch on. So, for February and March, the USDA is giving milk and meat producers a break: their cows “are not required to graze or provide dry matter intake from pasture during this time period.” (The Guardian)

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