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Carbon offset experts to host desalination presentation

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 8/14/13

Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives will host a presentation Thursday by two experts in the practice of purchasing carbon offsets as a mechanism for "greening" development projects.

Kathleen McAfee, a San Francisco State University professor, and Barbara Haya, a Stanford University researcher, will present "Myth and Reality of Carbon Offsets" beginning at 7 p.m. at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 225 Rooney St. A $10 donation is requested and there will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m.

The city of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District have proposed constructing a seawater desalination plant to safeguard against drought and rest overtaxed aquifers. The two have proposed buying carbon offsets as one way to reduce the impact of the facility's energy use, which can be 7 to 12 times higher than what is required to treat current water sources.

For information, visit www.desalalternatives.org and www.scwd2desal.org.

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