Resources

 

The links below include more information about desalination’s cost and energy demands, as well as water supply alternatives, and the proposed Huntington Beach project.

 

What experts say

Neutral Third Party Review of proposed Poseidon plant
State Water Board, September 2017

Staff presentation on Poseidon’s proposed desalination plant
California Fish & Game Commission, August 2017

California Fish & Game Deliberation on Poseidon’s proposed desalination plant
State Lands Commission, August 2017

Letter: Comments on Poseidon Resources’ proposed seawater desalination project at Huntington Beach
California Fish & Game Commission, August 2017

The Cost of Alternative Water Supply and Efficiency Options in California
Pacific Institute, October 2016

Marine and Coastal Impacts of Seawater Desalination in California
Stanford’s Water in the West program, May 2016

New Sources of California’s Water Supply (PDF) (recommends desalination as a last-resort supply option)
California State Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources, March 2016

Final Staff Report including Final Substitute Environmental Documentation for California’s Desalination Policy (PDF) (concludes that screens proposed by Poseidon would reduce mortality of small fish and eggs by just 1%, see page 62)
California State Water Board, May 2015

Key Issues for Seawater Desalination in California: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (PDF)
Pacific Institute, May 2013

Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Costs and Financing (PDF)
Pacific Institute, February 2013

Stanford CEQA Comments (PDF)
Stanford Environmental Law Clinic

5 Things to Know About Desalination
Public Policy Institute of California

 

What advocates say

Public Comment: State Lands Commission Testimony on Poseidon Proposed Desalination Plant
California Coastal Protection Network, Natural Resources Defense Council, Heal the Bay, Oceana and Defenders of Wildlife, August 2017

Testimony on Poseidon proposal at State Lands Commission hearing
Surfrider Foundation, August 2017

Testimony on Poseidon proposal at State Lands Commission hearing
Azul, August 2017

Environmental and Equity Group Opposition Letter (PDF)
26 Nonprofit and Community Organizations

Environmental justice concerns on the Huntington Beach plant (PDF)
Eight Equity Leaders and Organizers

Proceed with Caution: California’s Droughts and Desalination in Context
Natural Resources Defense Council, March 2016

True Cost of Desalination in Orange County
Orange County Coastkeeper

 

More on Brookfield Infrastructure (parent company of Poseidon)

Profile of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners—the parent company of Poseidon Water
Forbes, May 2017

Brookfield ruthless in extracting profits
Sydney Morning Herald, September 2015