Arguments heard in Coastkeeper suit against water authority
San Diego Superior Court judge says he'll take the case under
Dana Littlefield, July 29, 2015
DIEGO A water conservation group argued in court Wednesday
that the San Diego County Water Authority needs to do more
to account for the potential environmental effects of its
upcoming projects, particularly the water desalination plant
scheduled to open in Carlsbad.
group, San Diego Coastkeeper, is suing the water authority,
claiming that its long-term water supply plan violates the
California Environmental Quality Act.
not saying stop desalination, said attorney Everett
DeLano, who represented the advocacy group during a hearing
in San Diego Superior Court. He said there needs to be an
honest accounting of the energy the desalination process
requires, and an analysis of the greenhouse gasses associated
with that process.
also argued that such information should be made available
for a possible desalination plant on Camp Pendleton
a project that was noted in the Regional Water Facilities
Optimization and Master Plan Update, which sets precedent
for water supply decisions through 2035.
representatives from the water authority say the Carlsbad
plants environmental effects have been accounted for
by Poseidon Water, the projects private developer, as
have other proposed projects, and that a mitigation plan has
been put in place.
of the reverse-osmosis plant in Carlsbad, North Americas
largest and most advanced desalination project, is expected
to finish this fall. The plant is expected to provide up to
50 million gallons of water a day, enough to serve about 112,000
been extensive accounting for these greenhouse gasses in the
(environmental impact reports) by those facilities,
said Mark Hattam, attorney for the water authority.
attorney argued there are no specific plans for a desalination
plant on Camp Pendleton, but that it remains an option as
noted in the plan. He said the countys demand for water
has declined significantly since 2003 when the first version
of the master plan was adopted and authorities determined
there was a need for a desalination plant.
hearing the attorneys arguments, Judge Gregory Pollack
said he would take the case under submission and issue a ruling