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Editors Notes

Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board Hearing - Poseidon Desalination Project

On July 30-31, 2020 and, if needed, August 7, 2020, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality  Control Board ("Water Board") will conduct a public hearing on the tentative National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for Poseidon Resources (Surfside) L.L.C.'s proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Facility ("Project"). The hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. on July 30 and July 31 and, if needed, at 9 a.m. on  August 7. The Water Board expects to close each day by 7 p.m.; however, this may be modified as needed to accommodate public comments. The California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast™) has supported the Project since its inception due to a number of factors, including the fact that Poseidon's desalination plant in the city of Carlsbad, California, has been successful in providing the San Diego Region with drinking water options at a fair price while having a net environmental benefit to San Diego's County's coastline and the San Diego region.
We also believe the Project in Huntington Beach will have a net environmental benefit. As a local water supply, it will displace imported water from hundreds of miles away. Importing water has environmental impacts to many endangered and threatened species in Northern California. Second, and more directly impactful, the Project will have mitigation to protect and preserve the nearby Bolsa Chica wetlands (Bolsa Chica) for generations to come. Protection of the wetlands is an important consideration, but obviously the need for the water is paramount. Finally, Governor Gavin Newsom has identified seawater desalination as a resource management strategy to diversify our water supply under his 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio. 
For more information about the Santa Ana Water Board's hearing and the Project, click here: Public comment on the Project concluded several months ago, but questions for the Santa Ana Board may be submitted to the Clerk of the Board:  Jeannie.Aguilar@Waterboards.ca.gov.
If you would like to speak via Zoom at the public hearing, please contact Brian Lochrie at info@hbfreshwater.com or by phone or text at (949) 294-8269.

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