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Letter to the Editor

Why not let the Navy handle desalination?

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 6/24/14

I will admit I am not completely up to speed on all the rhetoric regarding desalination. But one question comes to mind that I don't see being addressed. Will the desalination plant be a continuous operation or used only to refill groundwater levels when drought conditions require? Given that many years Mother Nature provides us with our necessary water needs, I would think the "to be used to refill or stabilize the groundwater" is the answer. If that is the case, then has contracting with the Navy to put an aircraft carrier or other such vessel in the bay for a month or as needed to do the desalination been considered? Not to mention the shot in the arm to the local economy the visiting sailors would bring.

Gary Patterson, Watsonville



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