Say NO to the Poseidon Desalination Plant

Coastal Commission Hearing Desal

We don’t need it!
Ocean desalination:
…is highly energy intensive and expensive,
…and will hinder other water supply options that are less costly and better for the environment, such as water conservation, wastewater recycling, and stormwater harvesting.

The Poseidon proposal has not even gotten approval from local and regional water agencies. None have committed to purchasing Poseidon’s water.

We don’t want it!
The Poseidon project uses outdated and environmentally harmful technology that:
…unnecessarily kills marine life through its open intake system,
…degrades water quality from the brine discharge,
…uses more energy than any other water supply option.

Desal plants can be designed to minimize marine life mortality, water quality degradation, and coastal habitat degradation. The State Water Resource Control Agency is currently gathering information from scientific experts on proper site, design and technology for ocean desalination proposals. But Poseidon’s project does not meet any of these recommendations.

Tell the Coastal Commission:
• To deny the Poseidon permits.
• Poseidon’s proposal does not meet the recommendations of the science community.
• The project would threaten marine life, degrade water quality, and increase greenhouse gas emissions.
• There is no demonstrated need for desalinated water in Huntington Beach.
• Ocean desalination should be an option of last resort. Better water supply options that protect our coast and ocean should be fully implemented before approving ocean desalination facilities. Orange County hasn’t done that yet.

The Coastal Commission has a duty to uphold the state Coastal Act by:
• Restoring and protecting marine life;
• Restoring and protecting ocean water quality and habitat value;
• Restoring and protecting coastal wetlands, sensitive coastal habitat, and wildlife.

The Poseidon proposal violates all of these Coastal Act policies.

Take Action: Show Up, Stand Up and Speak Up!

When: This is a past event but will eventually happen again.
Poseidon will appear before the Coastal Commission on November 13 8AM

Newport Beach City Hall
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Take action right now and send the Coastal Commission a message. Click the link below.

Rise Above Plastics General Meeting October 16, 2013

This is a past event. For more information on what we are doing to rise above plastics see our website/programs.

Aosa Event

October 3 Thursday mixer at West Marine

This is a past event.West Marine, “Cruising for a Cause” happened on October 3, 2013, 6-9 P.M. The festivities took place during West Marine’s Grand Opening of its flagship store at 3433 Via Lido, Newport Beach (close to the Lido Theater). For the $10 ticket, attendees received food, beverages, and entertainment provided by West Marine. All ticket sales and live auction benefited local non-profit environmental organizations like ours.


2013 End of Summer Beach Bash to Benefit Surfrider Foundation



This is a past event. Thanks to the AD2 Orange County for raising dollars for our chapter.

2013 beach bash
Open to the Public

• Prizes, games, entertainment and a chance to mix and mingle

• 100-plus in attendance

• Meet Surfrider Foundation Representatives

What: The Orange County Advertising Federation is hosting the 5

Gazebo in Newport Beach. This location will be used to host games, acoustic music, vendors, art, prizes, and

entertainment all benefitting the Surfrider Foundation of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach.

The Orange County Advertising Federation invites you to enjoy some great food as we celebrate summer in

SoCal and party under the setting sun.


Thursday, Sept. 19

Information on Surfrider Foundation:

Where: Grassy Area in front of Cabo Cantina: 100 Main Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661

Media Contact and Event Information

Raquel Figlo

Orange County Advertising Federation



– 6:30- 8:30 pm

September 20 will be California Coastal Cleanup Day for 2014

Our Chapter will be partnering up with OC public works to clean up inside the Santa Ana River Channel. We will be wanting lots of volunteers on that day. Let us know if you can help spread the word. We will be by Bard Park in Huntington Beach from 9 to noon. More information will be here soon.


Activism Alert! Save Trestles again. San Diego June 19th

This is a past event. Fortunately we were able to save Trestles again. For more information

Tree Huggers Ball in Santiago Cyn, Orange County, CA June 1, 2013

This was a really fun event that we did last year. If you want to help out at an event like this next time we do it contact Michelle Giron at volunteercoordinator@newportbeach.surfrider.orgTHB poster

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1st Saturday Beach Cleanups

Information about our monthly cleanups:
Our beach cleanup is held on the first Saturday of the month currently at the Huntington Beach side of the Santa Ana River Channel for the excellent opportunity of parking. Generally from 9 AM until 11 AM. We have all the supplies – bags, gloves, etc. Volunteers are advised to wear sunscreen and bring layers of clothing as the afternoons can get windy and cool (though summer months are warmer). We do require volunteers or their parents/guardians to sign a waiver, which we have at the cleanups and on this web site. There is no need to RSVP beforehand for cleanups, but we appreciate hearing about large groups. Please check our web site a day or two ahead to be sure our cleanup going as planned. For more information email Michelle at


Cinco de Mayo cleanup in the Santa Ana River Channel

This was a past event and ended being our best Santa Ana River cleanup ever. Serendipity was in the air. It was cool, plenty of parking and lots of volunteers to pick up most of the trash that was somehow centrally located for us. Thanks to all who helped out and please comment here with photos if possible.Great group on May 5 2013 cleanup 2013-05-05 11.55.14 2013-05-05 11.55.51 2013-05-05 11.17.07



If you need more information, feel fee to contact me.

Darrel Ferguson

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A Message on Desalination by Surfrider Foundation Water Program Manager

Dear Surfrider Member,

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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.


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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