May 1, 2013

A Message on Desalination by Surfrider Foundation Water Program Manager

Dear Surfrider Member,

I am very concerned about a massive seawater desalination factory proposed for construction in Huntington Beach.  And you should be too. Why? Because what is being proposed will pollute the ocean, harm marine life and cause dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore the astronomical cost of this new “factory on the beach” will undermine better alternatives like water recycling and our Ocean Friendly Gardens program – alternatives that will restore and improve our coast and ocean environment while still meeting our water supply needs.

Please join Surfrider members from across Southern California, local residents and other environmental organizations at an important meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council:

WHEN:           May 6 at 6pm

WHERE:         Huntington Beach — City Council Chambers

2000 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Click here for directions.

WHY?

As we all know, it isn’t easy to fight a wealthy corporation who stands to make a huge profit at the expense of our ocean. Surfrider Foundation has worked for over a decade opposing this destructive desalination proposal. Unfortunately, the millions of dollars spent on lobbying by Poseidon Resources, the Connecticut corporation who wants to build these factories up and down the coast, has gained the support of decision-makers  – UNTIL NOW!

 

In what could be a “game changer”, the Huntington Beach City Council will be meeting to decide whether to send a letter to the Coastal Commission supporting denial of the Coastal Development Permit. Of course, Surfrider Foundation will be making the same request of the Coastal Commission.

If we want to restore and protect our precious coast and ocean, we need to encourage City Council members to do the right thing. Please join me, and our local members and partners, in Huntington Beach on May 6 and let the City Council know you’re opposed to a desalination factory that will:

–          kill marine life through an antiquated seawater intake system;

–          pollute the ocean from the discharge of brine and cleaning chemicals;

–          disturb coastal wetlands and the wildlife struggling to survive;

–          and waste enormous amounts of energy, adding to the problems of climate change

And, Orange County doesn’t need the water from this proposal and the smarter water agencies don’t want to pay the enormous costs.

For our coasts and ocean – thank you,

Joe Geever

Water Programs Manager

Surfrider Foundation

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