California owns four slots in our ranking of the 10 cities with the biggest water problems. Can the Pacific provide an answer?
By Christopher Helman
Just north of San Diego, on a site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Poseidon Resources is building the biggest water desalination plant in the United States. When completed in 2012, the $350 million plant will suck in salty ocean water and pipe out fresh drinking water--50 million gallons of it each day--enough to slake the thirsts and fill the pools of 300,000 households.
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The 'Enough Already' award
By: Opinion staff
A raspberry to the Surfrider Foundation for filing yet another lawsuit in an attempt to stop the construction of a desalination plant in Carlsbad.
The State Water Resources Control Board has three times dismissed appeals from the Surfrider Foundation to deny a permit for the Poseidon Resources desalination plant. Surfrider's latest lawsuit was filed against the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The California Coastal Commission has already approved the project and preliminary construction on the proposed plant has begun. Whether or not desal is the best solution to the region's water woes, it's time for Surfrider to find another battle to fight.
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