The following article, California Rejects Desalination Plant Bid as Water Turns Scarce, was first published on Flag And Cross.
For as wonderful as the weather is in most of California most of the year, citizens there pay for it threefold: First with their exorbitant cost of living, secondly with a glut of natural disasters, and thirdly with their state leadership’s incompetence in reacting to our first and second points.
Case in point: California’s burgeoning wildfire situation, which has been exacerbated by a combination of drought and the state’s alleged inability to properly maintain their deadfall forests.
Now, as the state continues to run into problems maintaining a water supply, local leaders have also rejected a bid for a massive desalination plant that could help to alleviate these issues.
As California battles a historic drought and a water crisis looms, the state’s coastline protection agency on Thursday unanimously rejected the development of a $1.4 billion desalination plant in Huntington Beach that would have converted ocean water into municipal water for Orange County residents.
Eleven members of the California Coastal Commission voted against the facility, which water treatment developer Poseidon Water has been trying to build for decades.
Poseidon said the plant would be capable of producing up to 50 million gallons of drinking water a day, helping to make the region more drought resilient.
The commission, which is charged with “protecting and enhancing” the state’s extensive coastline, heard public comments on the project throughout the day Thursday, with a majority of speakers opposing it. Others who expressed concern about a lack of water resources in the future argued that, whenever possible, additional water resources should be developed.
Scientists have determined that the drought currently affecting California is historic, having no equal in the last 1,200 years.
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