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Stop Wall Street Water from Taking Over Southern California!

Volunteers needed to attend the Thursday, Oct. 19 State Lands Commission meeting at the Huntington Beach City Council Chambers (2000 Main St.) to oppose the building of a huge, destructive ocean desalination plant in Huntington Beach. Surfrider staff will be doing a presentation, but we're hoping to get at least 50 chapter activists from throughout Southern California to join a rally prior to the hearing, to hold signs and, if desired, to give additional comment during the meeting. The meeting begins at 9am. Typically the meetings last only a few hours, but we can't guarantee timing.

Why is the proposed HB desal plant bad? From California Desal Facts:

  • Seawater desalination is an energy hog. At a time when California is working to kick our fossil fuel habit and maximize energy efficiency, desalination is a step in the wrong direction.
  • We have better ideas to meet long-term needs. California communities from San Diego to San Jose are moving ahead with affordable, energy efficient and climate resilient water projects.
  • Poseidon puts profits before people. With the return of the rains and proliferation of smart water solutions, companies like Brookfield’s Poseidon are getting desperate to win approval for their billion- dollar desalination proposals. That is why Poseidon has spent millions lobbying for its Huntington Beach proposal. But the facts speak for themselves: seawater desalination should be an option of last resort, and the billion dollar boondoggles Poseidon is selling just don’t make sense for California communities.
  • Poseidon is a known bad actor with chronic toxicity violations at its Carlsbad plant and a long history of attempting to skirt state regs. See Surfrider's presentation here.

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