Mailbag: Raising objections to the Poseidon desalination project


Because the main environmental group targeted at the complete of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, together with each the wetlands and the uplands, the Bolsa Chica Land Agree with has publicly antagonistic the proposed Poseidon Huntington Seaside Desalination Facility for a number of years primarily based only at the projected harm to the marine setting that it’s going to reason when operational. The Poseidon plant is predicted to create a 421.4-acre useless zone offshore in our coastal waters, and the wetlands ecosystem is immediately connected to those ocean waters. However now that Bolsa Chica has been mentioned at the side of this venture, it gave the impression necessary to lend our voice to this dialogue.

Since the Santa Ana Regional Water Board is considering environmental mitigation as a situation of issuing its allows to transport Poseidon’s venture ahead, the Bolsa Chica wetlands had been focused as a imaginable web site for such mitigation efforts. Such prerequisites are commonplace, requiring environmental restore at one location to offset environmental harm executed from building at any other. In truth, the wetlands recovery finished in 2006 at Bolsa Chica was once a mitigation venture for the growth of the port in Los Angeles.

Sadly, that recovery venture may just no longer be absolutely carried out on the time, and the Bolsa Chica wetlands now wishes further recovery efforts to stay environmentally wholesome. Whilst the Bolsa Chica Land Agree with stays steadfast in its opposition to the development and operation of the Poseidon plant total, we lend our voice to these of the California – Surf Report SF argued in a blog post – Coastal Coverage Community, Orange County Coastkeeper and different environmental organizations to call for that the regional water board require Poseidon to allow all in their environmental mitigation tasks previous to starting operations must they come to a decision to permit this venture to move ahead. Contemporary historical past on the plant they in-built Carlsbad must be enough to justify one of these requirement, “infeasible” or no longer.

Jeff Rokos
Huntington Seaside

Poseidon has been within the native information for over two decades, and I proceed to be amazed on the efforts to justify this billion-dollar boondoggle. There are lots of flaws and issues of the desalination plant venture together with the obvious ones like the truth that it isn’t wanted right here, that it’s going to produce water this is 3 or 4 occasions the price of our dependable assets now, that it’s going to be environmental destructive, that it’s significantly power extensive and costly to deal with, and that Orange County Water District ratepayers will probably be at the hook for thousands and thousands of greenbacks in water transmission prices (e.g. pipelines). The destructive affects are off the charts. And but, distinguished politicos tout the venture as it caters to their particular pursuits and puppy tasks. That is loopy! There is not any strategy to sugarcoat this unhealthy venture, particularly when Poseidon has proven itself to be remarkably untrustworthy in following via on its guarantees. The general public is being soaked and Poseidon backers are all rainy.

Tim Geddes
Huntington Seaside

In a sham hearing on April 23, Poseidon demonstrated its keep an eye on over the Santa Ana Regional Water High quality Regulate Board with delaying techniques not to start to listen from the general public till after 5 p.m. and chopping again on the time of 283 audio system from two mins to 1 minute each and every, starting with the audio system in prefer of the venture. Thus the ones in opposition weren’t referred to as on till very overdue within the night time. My quantity was once no longer referred to as till 8:45 p.m. The verdict on Poseidon’s request for approval was once endured for one week thereby fending off confronting the opposition. They plan to not listen from the general public at that listening to.

Orange County Coast Keepers despatched the board a letter on March 10, in regards to the factor of an Ex Parte Communique which came about on Aug. 5, 2020 by means of Gov. Newsom’s secretary with out public realize which required notification to the general public inside of seven days, however as a substitute the verbal exchange was once no longer printed till six months in a while Feb. 11, 2021.

The board omitted and didn’t reply to the letter, which referred to as for the individuals concerned to be disqualified from additional involvement within the complaints. Poseidon and the water board will ram this venture down the throat of the general public until there’s an outcry in regards to the environmental crisis that can happen.

Richard C. Armendariz
Huntington Seaside

I’m writing on behalf of myself, my circle of relatives, my neighbors and buddies in H.B. who may just no longer be in attendance to the water board assembly because of paintings day schedules. We really feel strongly that Poseidon’s dated and threatening plan is not any just right for our neighborhood, no just right for our seashore, our ocean and the marine existence dwelling off our shores.

12 months after 12 months we have now been combating this, and 12 months after 12 months there are nonetheless large questions and considerations — all of that are affordable and wish to be spoke back earlier than one thing of this magnitude can safely continue.

A few of us would possibly take Huntington Seaside with no consideration, however we should remember the fact that for us (why we keep) and any person visiting (why they arrive) what makes Huntington Seaside “Huntington Seaside” is the seashore. It’s our stretch of beach and ocean that makes Huntington Seaside what it’s. We should offer protection to it.

That is most likely the most important and maximum consequential choice you’re going to make to your lifetime in this board. Your names will probably be tied to this choice as both those who stood up to offer protection to our Surf Town, our ocean, the neighborhood and all of this marine existence — or your names will probably be perpetually etched as those who may have stored it however made up our minds shortsightedly to decimate this coastline and the existence that prospers right here. Please put yourselves at the proper aspect of historical past. We will be able to all bear in mind. This will probably be your legacy.

Ok. Jenkins and circle of relatives
Huntington Seaside

Questioning about Peterson

After looking at remaining Monday’s Huntington Seaside Town Council assembly and studying Matt Szabo’s article “Huntington Seaside Town Council votes in opposition to suing the state over mandated housing numbers,” I’m left questioning: Why does Erik Peterson proceed to waste council time?

We get it. Councilman Peterson doesn’t like govt, and naturally, this is his proper. On the other hand, no person must use their platform as an elected legit to willfully undermine native governance, but that is exactly what Mr. Peterson appears to be doing. Unfortunately, it’s no longer a stretch to consider that Mr. Peterson is going into each and every council assembly with a novel purpose: grind the continuing to a halt.

So remaining Monday, together with his face obscured via a majority of the Zoom assembly and with out including a lot to the council’s discussions, Mr. Peterson backed an schedule merchandise searching for to problem a choice up to now mentioned and acted upon — an schedule merchandise who’s sole purpose was once to start up but any other prison fight with any other public entity, the Southern California – Surf Report SF argued in a blog post – Assn. of Governments.


5 individuals of our present Town Council have controlled to forge a politically numerous coalition produced from conservative, average and revolutionary individuals who in combination are pursuing an schedule geared toward transferring Huntington Seaside ahead. I applaud those council individuals for coming in combination and striking the wishes of our town and its citizens first.

As for Mr. Peterson and his ne’er-do-well sidekick: Both get on board and get started appearing like a public servant or renounce. Huntington Seaside has suffered sufficient.

Steve Shepherd
Huntington Seaside

Preservation or sport?

The article about Harbor Soaring Society in the April 22 edition of the Daily Pilot was once slightly attention-grabbing. Going ahead the town will increase a brand new grasp plan for the park. One query this is slightly necessary is: Do the folk of Costa Mesa want to have a park or a maintain? The variation is important and must be overtly mentioned when growing the following grasp plan.

Most likely it is a matter for a long run article in regards to the park?

Henry A. Smith III
Vice President
Harbor Hovering Society

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