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Senator Feinstein Calls on State Lands Commission to Approve Huntington Beach Desalination Project

by: Shannon Flaherty
Posted: October 16, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH...The proposed Huntington Beach desalination project received yet another major endorsement; this time from US Senator Diane Feinstein in a letter to the State Lands Commission, which is set to approve the project's environmental impact report at their October 19th hearing. 

"I am writing to you to express my support for the proposed 50 million gallon per day Huntington Beach Desalination Project, which Poseidon Resources is seeking to construct and operate in order to provide potable water to meet documented demand within Orange County," wrote Feinstein. "The project will create more than 3,000 jobs and infuse $500 million into the economy during its 35-month construction and start-up period, and an additional 400 permanent direct and indirect jobs." 

Feinstein joins an overwhelming list of elected officials in support of the project, including Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon; Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon; Assembly Speaker Emeritus and Senator Toni Atkins, State Treasurer John Chiang; every Orange County member of Congress including Alan Lowenthal, Mimi Walters, and Lou Correa; every state legislator from Orange County including Senators Tony Mendoza, Janet Nguyen, and Pat Bates and Assemblymembers Tom Daly, Bill Brough, and Sharon Quirk Silva; and former US Senator Barbara Boxer, among others. 

In addition, the project has strong support from several organizations, including the Los Angeles – Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council, California Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Business Council, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Association of Realtors, California Coastal Coalition, California Latino Water Coalition, Orange County Young Democrats, League of United Latin American Citizens, William C. Velasquez Institute, Black Chamber of Orange County, Los Angeles County Business Federation, and a number water agencies such as California Resources Agency, Orange County Water District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, among others. 

The Project will produce 56,000 acre feet per year (50 million gallons per day or enough for 400,000 residents) of drinking water that is locally controlled and resilient to climate change.  While the State Lands Commission approved the Huntington Beach Project in 2010, Poseidon is now proposing technological enhancements to the Project's seawater intake and discharge facilities that will reduce the volume and velocity of water withdrawn from the ocean and minimize the Project's environmental footprint.  

"Given our state's ongoing water supply challenges, it is important for federal, state, and local agencies to work together to pursue an "all of the above" strategy that includes desalination as well as the expansion of surface and groundwater storage, conservation, recycling and water transfers," wrote Feinstein. "I hope you...will support efforts to diversify California's water supplies and continue to foster the development of seawater desalination by granting approval to this project."


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