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Expert panel report leaves California’s desalination future in limbo




An area of beach in Huntington Beach where Poseidon has proposed a desalination plant
An area of beach in Huntington Beach where Poseidon has proposed a desalination plant
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The fate of a water desalination plant proposed by Poseidon Water in Huntington Beach remains uncertain after a panel of experts has concluded that it would be too expensive to build it using intake pipes under the sea floor.

That was the approach favored by the California Coastal Commission, whose approval is needed to begin construction. The impasse creates an uncertain future for the proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant.

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Phase 2 Report: Feasibility of Subsurface Intake Designs for the Proposed Poseidon Water Desalination Facility at Huntington Beach, California

Guests:

Robert Sulnick, Executive Director of Orange County Water Independence Sustainability & Efficiency (OC WISE), which supports the development of all forms of new water for Orange County; he consults for Poseidon Water, which is a member of the OC Wise coalition

Ray Hiemstra, associate director of programs at the O.C. Coastkeeper, an environmental group