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 Good Times, 4/27/11

Santa Cruz Desal: Don’t Bite

With regard to the GT April 12 “Drops from the Bucket” article, the city’s proposed ocean desalination plant on the Westside is not about saving endangered and threatened fish.

Using the “desal fish hook” is a cynical ploy for justifying a fossil-fueled powered desal plant is both unconscionable and absurd. The push to build this sizeable manufactured water plant is all about promoting unsustainable UC Santa Cruz expansion and real estate development at the expense of citizens and ratepayers for generations to come. Can cash-strapped Santa Cruz afford to build this kind of experimental $120-$140 million facility? Moreover, how much doesn’t the city actually spend on promoting year-end, year-out water storage, ongoing conservation strategies, and well-funded demand reduction incentives and rebates?

Now that the statewide water emergency has been rescinded, we don’t deserve a leadership drought among our elected city council members. Smells fishy, sounds like a steamroller, and looks like an expensive boondoggle. It’s time for an up or down vote on the desal plant and the alternatives.

Paul Gratz
desalAlternatives.org
Santa Cruz

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