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A Desalination Discussion Wednesday

Gary Patton, Land Use Report, KUSP, 7/8/13

The California Coastal Commission will meet in Long Beach on Wednesday, July 10th. Naturally, you are invited. You don’t actually have to travel to Long Beach, though, if you don’t want to. You can watch the proceedings in real time by way of the Commission’s webcast. I have provided a link to the Commission’s website in today’s transcript.

Here is a reason that Central Coast residents might want to tune in on Wednesday morning. As part of the Commission’s regular report on “Energy, Ocean Resources and Federal Consistency,” the Commission staff is going to present the Commission with a briefing on desalination. The report to the Commission will emphasize Coastal Act concerns, and will further report on efforts at the State Water Resources Control Board to develop an amendment to the State Ocean Plan dealing directly with desalination issues.

Desalination is a big issue on both sides of Monterey Bay. It is an ever-bigger issue for the state, too, as local areas face significant water supply problems. In the City of Santa Cruz, voters have made sure that they will have the last word on desalination. That’s not true elsewhere. I certainly encourage interested persons to listen to the Coastal Commission presentation this coming Wednesday, and I want to remind everyone that the comment period on Draft EIR for the City of Santa Cruz – Soquel Creek Water District proposal is still open.

More Information:

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Coastal Commission Agenda – July 10, 2013 Meeting

State Water Board Proposed Desalination Amendments to Ocean Plan

Santa Cruz-Soquel Creek Water District Desalination Project DEIR

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