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Support Building a Desalination Plant in Huntington Beach
Give Orange County a Climate-Resilient Water Supply! Did you know? Orange County imports HALF of its water from the Colorado River basin 2000-2019 is the driest 19-year period in the recorded history of the Colorado River basin, leaving Lake Powell and Lake Mead, just 40% full Orange County residents are justifiably concerned. In a recent study conducted among 1,000 registered OC voters, more than a super majority (81%) are concerned about water shortages in Southern California and over half (51%) say they’d even consider moving if the issue continues to persist. Our region needs new, sustainable sources of clean drinking water that will not be impacted by climate shifts, changes in imported water, natural disasters, or water politics. We owe it to our children and future generations to identify a long-term solution! Desalination is the act of removing salt from seawater and converting it into fresh water. There are over 21,000 desal plants in over 120 countries around the world. The largest plant in the Northern Hemisphere is actually right next door in Carlsbad, CA, and produces a billion gallons of drinking water every month! Join the 84% of OC voters that support the building of a desalination facility in Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach Desalination Project solves for future water shortages and meets the county’s projected demand for water by providing a reliable, climate-resilient source through the conversion of seawater from the Pacific into high-quality fresh water at a rate of 50 million gallons per day. According to Orange County Water District Director Cathy Green, “The proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Project is the single largest source of new, local drinking water supply available to Orange County. Desalination is a cost-competitive, regional insurance policy against the unrelenting effects of climate change.” This reliable resource provides the county with a locally controlled, sustainable supply, reduces dependence on imported water and creates independence from state and federal government decision makers. The fresh water created from the Huntington Beach Desalination Project will also replenish and preserve our local aquifers, ensuring they do not collapse in on themselves, as has occurred in the Central Valley. The project is 100% carbon neutral and compliant with all local, state and federal environmental regulations, including those dedicated to ensuring the health and safety and prosperity of marine life. The project also would directly benefit the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Under the proposed plan, the project will assume responsibility for maintaining the largest saltwater marsh between the Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary. “This preservation program is a lifesaver for the Bolsa Chica ecosystem,” said Bolsa Chica Conservancy Board Chairman Ed Mountford. “Government funds to maintain the ocean inlet are expected to be exhausted by the end of 2021. Poseidon’s preservation plan ensures a long-term and sustainable source of funds that will protect Bolsa Chica.” Take action now to protect our water future! #HBdesal Sign this petition to tell the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Board and the California Coastal Commission to listen to Orange County residents and approve the final permits required for the Huntington Beach Desalination Project!