San Diego Real Estate and Poseidon Resources - Is Desalination in the Cards for San Diego?
As a major contributor to solving the water shortage availability to residents in San Diego County and an out of the box solution has been proposed and will go before the state coastal commission. A Desalination plant proposed by Poseidon Resources will be the largest plant of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
San Diego, which relies on imported blended water, partly from the Sacramento River Delta and the Colorado River is in serious jeopardy of having it's supply curtailed by a recent court order. See Serious Water Issues Lie Ahead in San Diego and Will Affect Home Values ! The County Coastal Commission staff, who claims to have some serious concerns with natural water supplies and marine life, specifically the Girabaldi fish*, a prevalent species found in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, the source of the proposed plant water sees too much risk. They argue that the technology suggested by Poseidon risks sea life and the balance of nature that the current Lagoon affords. I
*In 1995, the California State legislature passed AB77. This bill designated the Girabaldi fish as seen in this photo as the state marine fish.
Without getting into the technical details of what Poseidon is recommending, Poseidon assures us that its planned approach will care for the Lagoon and ensure its future health. From the outset of the discussions to build this plant in Carlsbad, the commission staff members have differed on the best way to turn ocean water into drinking water. Consumers seem to agree with Poseidon and want it to go ahead and build the plant. The local coastal commission has been discussing Desalination for years, and when someone wants to finally take action to curb our water shortfall, I am also for moving forward on this.
Personally, having read the argument posed by Poseidon Resources that they would be the best stewards of the Lagoon, I tend to agree. My feelings are that the benefits so greatly outweigh the risks. More importantly, the concerned consumers of the San Diego water shortfall would get some needed relief in the way of a guaranteed water supply. Having our own water supply would require less in the way of imported water , especially if the court order is not overruled. This is just good common sense and we all need to do our part in convincing the State Coastal Commission to move forward on this. Expeditiously!
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