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Power Of Vision Still Against New Power Plant

by The Editors on September 30, 2009

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Carlsbadistan’s Power of Vision, “a coalition of opponents” to the proposed NRG West power plant, held another press conference yesterday to remind everyone that building another power plant in Carlsbadistan is a very bad idea. They were joined yesterday by two congressional candidates.

Francine Busby and Solana Beach Councilmember Dave Roberts, both of whom are running for Congress in the 50th District, also announced their opposition to the project at today’s event. Roberts’ opposition was previously lodged as part of the Solana Beach Council. . . Elected officials of the cities of Vista, Solana Beach and Del Mar have written letters to the City of Carlsbad citing opposition to the proposed 540-megawatt power plant due to its significant regional impacts to the environment, coastal resources and the region’s visual resources.

We know there are a lot of details involved, but we just think a beautiful coastal lagoon is a seriously silly place for another power plant (or desalination plant). So more power to the Power of Vision. Follow the jump for the full release.
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Enviro Groups To Sue On Desal Plant Changes

by The Editors on September 17, 2009

After the Carlsbad City Council approved changes made to the Posiedon Desal plant plans several groups are vowing to sue because the City skipped a lengthy environmental review process, according to a Michael Burge story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The council approved those as an addendum to the environmental impact report it OK’d in 2006, without reopening the time-consuming environmental review process. . . Marco Gonzalez, an attorney for the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation and Coastkeeper, told the council it should have reopened the environmental process to allow for public review. . . “I’ll simply say we’ll have to see you in court again,” Gonzalez said.

For its part Poseidon says they’ve heard these arguments before and they have been “rejected by all the other agencies and by the courts.”

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Poseidon May Start Plant In November

by The Editors on July 21, 2009

Desal-PlantCrews could start ripping up prime lagoon-front land for the Poseidon Resources desalination plant as soon as November, according to a story on

The company that plans to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad has hired three people to oversee the project’s construction. Poseidon Resources hopes to break ground this fall. . . Poseidon Resources says the three new management employees have decades of expertise in water supply, engineering and project construction. . . Maloni says the company expects to start construction on the $300 million Carlsbad desalination plant in November. . . He says the plant could be operating in 2012.

Seems like we drink enough ocean water as it is. . . but then again, the developer is a thirsty beast and we want to be sure and keep him well hydrated so he can get back to building more houses when this whole economy thing turns around, right?

[Link: KPBS]


Surfrider Challenges Desalination Permit

by The Editors on January 27, 2009

The Surfrider Foundation, fresh off defeating the Trestles Toll Road, continues to battle the proposed Poseidon Resources Inc. desalination plant on our Agua Hedionda Lagoon, according to a post on their blog.

The contentious plan to build a massive ocean desalination on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad, California has been challenged in court. Surfrider Foundation, as lead plaintiff, claims approval by the Coastal Commission to build the largest ocean desalination facility in the western hemisphere violates California law because it was not designed or located to avoid the unnecessary destruction of marine life.

We fully support and back the Surfrider Foundation in this mission.

[Link: Surfrider Foundation]


Poseidon’s Side Of The Desalination Story

by The Editors on April 16, 2008


In the April 16, 2008 edition of the Los Angeles Times, Peter MacLaggan, Senior Vice President of Poseidon Resources Corp., (the company that hopes to put in “the largest and most technologically advanced [desalination plant] in the Western Hemisphere”) in our lagoon has written an Op-ed piece titled From Sea To Tap, as a response to Mindy McIntyre’s Op-Ed of April 10, 2008 titled The SUV of Water.

California’s water supply system is based largely on pumping water from environmentally sensitive watersheds in Northern California and the Colorado River over hundreds of miles to Southern California through an elaborate and costly network of dams, canals and reservoirs. But proven desalination technology now allows us to produce higher-quality water along the coast, where the majority of the state’s population resides, at a comparable cost and without damaging the environmentally sensitive upstream habitats.

No matter what you think about the Carlsbad desalination factory, both of these opinions are good reading.

[Link: LA Times]

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Regional Water Board Questions Desal Plant

by The Editors on March 3, 2008


More pleasant hurdles for Poseidon Resources and the proposed desalination plant from the North County Times:

In a recent letter, the control board said it wanted more information about how the plant would minimize harm to fish and the environment —- 21 months after the board awarded the plant a discharge permit.

In November, the California Coastal Commission awarded the plant a permit, on the condition that its backers, Poseidon Resources Inc., answer more questions about the same subjects.

Environmental groups last week immediately said the control board’s action proved environmental worries were valid, and that agencies were moving too quickly to conditionally approve the plant.

“It’s absurd to us that any agency could pre-approve a project of this magnitude without having this information already tied down,” said Marco Gonzalez, an environmental lawyer active in the Surfrider Foundation, which has sued to overturn the commission’s permit approval.

Seems like none of the agencies wanted to be the one to put their foot down. They all offered conditional approvals, and now it’s looking like Poseidon is having a rough time meeting the conditions.

[Link: North County Times]


Desal Plant? Not So Fast . . .

by The Editors on November 16, 2007

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The Sierra Club California Coastal program director Mark Massara says that Poseidon Resources will likely be challenged in court before they can build the desalination plant, according to

I’d say it’s a virtual certainty given the massive unaddressed questions and information inadequacies that are still associated with the project.”

Through all of this we’ve got one question: what is the ocean around warm waters going to be like with water that is twice as salty as it should be? What will that do to the lobsters? What will it do to what they eat? Anyone have any answers?



Coastal Commission Desal Plant Motion Passes 9-3

by The Editors on November 15, 2007

In a classic case of legalese the California Coastal Commission took roll and voted on a motion regarding Poseidon Resource’s Carlsbad desalination plant at 9:06 PM tonight. It passed 9 to 3. That means the desalination plant proposal has been approved, however, there are still many details to work out and be approved by the Coastal Commission before construction can start.


Coastal Commission Desalination Staff Report

by The Editors on November 9, 2007

Com ReportIt weighs in at 88 pages, but the Costal Commission staff report on the proposed Poseidon Resource desalination plant should be read by everyone who is interested in future of Agua Hedionda Lagoon or ocean life near Warm Waters. The report is very straight forward on why the project is a bad idea:

The proposed project represents a non-allowable use of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, one of 19 coastal estuaries in which permitted uses are limited to very minor incidental public facilities, restorative measures, and nature study. Further, the project would require ongoing dredging of the lagoon, which would adversely affect water quality and habitat. . . .The project would cause significant adverse impacts to marine life and water quality in Agua Hedionda and in nearshore ocean waters. The entrainment caused by the project’s use of an open-water intake within Agua Hedionda would result in a loss of productivity in the lagoon equal to that produced in no less than 37 acres of wetland and open water habitat. The project’s discharge into coastal waters of its waste stream at levels of salinity higher than the natural variability of these waters would cause adverse effects to marine organisms in an area ranging from about eight to over 40 acres of benthic habitat.

The Costal Commission’s November meeting at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel at 1433 Camino Del Rio South begins on November 14, 2007 with the desalination plant discussion scheduled for November 15 (it’s number seven on the agenda).

While the staff report clearly suggests a “No” vote, most political pressure seems to bearing down in the opposite direction. In fact, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institutes auqaman Donald Kent believes the plant will actually be good for the lagoon, according to an editorial in the North County Times.


Surfrider Foundation Says No Desalination

by The Editors on October 16, 2007

While local government and other groups are well behind the proposed Carlsbad Desalination Plant the Surfrider Foundation is still asking people to do all they can to stop it.

This project would be the largest and most damaging ocean desalination facility in the western hemisphere and should not move forward if we want to improve the health of our coastal areas and ocean water quality. Though there is never a good reason to destroy public coastal property, this project is especially threatening because it will cause the destruction of marine life and ecosystems of one of Southern California’s last remaining coastal lagoons, and exacerbate global warming.

They’ve posted a form letter on their website that will allow people to send email to Coastal Commission Chair Patrick Kruer and Lt. Gov. John Garamendi asking that they vote no on the project. If you’re against this project, please click the link to take action.

[Link: Surfrider Foundation]