Desalination Plant Stalled Again

by The Editors on July 7, 2007

The California Coastal Commission has been on their game lately with Poseidon Resources, the company that wants to put a $300 million desalination plant in on the lagoon near the Encina Power Plant. For the fourth time this year they have rejected the plan saying it is sill “incomplete.”

Commission staff scientist Tom Luster rejected Poseidon’s latest application Tuesday, citing several topics on which he needed more information. Among those were alternative water-intake methods, environmental mitigation measures and the project’s financial feasibility.

While we like the idea of stealing less water from Northern California, it just seems like there must be better places for this than the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. (Click here for all of Carlsbadistan’s desalination plant coverage.)

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Aqua Blog Maven July 9, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Desalination seems like the easy answer to our water needs, but once you really look at the process and its side effects, it doesn’t seem that easy.

It would use a tremendous amount of electrical power, kill a lot of marine life, and what do you do with that briny discharge – which, after the desal process, contains a lot more than just the salt from the water. Here’s a link to an article I wrote on the desalination process: Desalination article on Aquafornia.

My blogsite,, is dedicated to southern California water issues.

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