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Carlsbad lagoon dredging starts soon – California

Seawater desalination operator Poseidon is poised to take over the Agua Hedionda Lagoon maintenance dredging that has been done by local power companies since 1954.

Permits are being obtained for the work to begin in November or early December with expectations to finish by mid-April, said Poseidon Senior Vice President Peter MacLaggan at a meeting earlier this month of the Carlsbad Beach Preservation Commission.

Sand from the dredging will be spread north of the lagoon inlet for the first time in about five years, MacLaggan said.

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City of Corpus Christi approved for $11.4 million loan to continue seawater desal project – Texas

The City of Corpus Christi is continuing with its $222 million seawater desalination project after being approved for an $11.4 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board.

The $11.4 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board will allow the City of Corpus Christi to do more research about where and how the seawater desalination plant would fit in the Coastal Bend, according to Steve Ramos, Water Resource Manager for the City.

Ramos said by doing more research, when it comes time to present an execution plan, all the kinks are worked out.

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Here’s what desalination plant projects private companies presented to City Council – Texas

The city of Corpus Christi won’t decide how it’s going to build and operate a desalination plant until next year or 2022. 

But during its regular meeting Tuesday, City Council heard from 10 companies that presented their proposals for alternative water sources for Corpus Christi.

Two of the proposals were for ground water projects, two were for wastewater reuse and six were for desalination. 

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‘Environmental justice’ starts by providing more water – California

Environmentalists have won the latest battle in California’s water wars, as California American Water just announced it is temporarily withdrawing its application to build a desalination plant on an old sand mine in the largely low-income town of Marina near Monterey.

The proposal faced a tough approval process at the California Coastal Commission after local activists complained about its effects on their community.

In a recent article, the Los Angeles Times asked this loaded question in its headline: “Is California serious about environmental justice? This water fight is a test.”

Conservationists Split Over Poseidon Desal Project’s Potential to Help Bolsa Chica Wetlands – California

Along a Huntington Beach coastline dotted with oil rigs and a power plant, one of California’s largest remaining saltwater marshes has been a source of pride for local environmentalists.

But the marsh, known as the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, is endangered despite a years-long struggle to pull together sufficient public funding for its upkeep.

Nearby, the Poseidon Water Co., which has been in a decades-long, controversial fight to build a seawater desalination plant next to the AES energy station at the south end of the city, has justified its project partly with a promise to finance the wetlands’ conservation.

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Water company withdraws desalination proposal as battle over environmental justice heats up – California

Amid mounting controversy and concerns over environmental justice, California American Water on Wednesday withdrew its application for a desalination project in the small Monterey Bay town of Marina.

The proposal had become one of the most fraught issues to come before the California Coastal Commission, which was set to vote Thursday.

The decision would have been the first major test of the commission’s new power to review not only harm to the environment when making decisions but also harm to underrepresented communities.

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McComb: Passage for first loan for Desal Plant will result in ‘no increase’ to your water bill – Texas – United States

On August 25, Corpus Christi City Council members voted to accept a loan from the Texas Water Development Board to execute the next step in building a Seawater Desalination Plant.

Mayor Joe McComb announced via Facebook that this loan is not to build a plant and will result in no increase to your water bill.

Despite a heated debate during the City Council meeting, there were enough council members who voted (6-3) in favor of pursuing an $11.4 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board.

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UA developing efficient system to purify waste water – Arizona

Using a grant of $500,000, the team of researchers is developing a solar-powered desalination system that combines several types of technologies to recover water from these concentrated waste streams.

The grant comes from the Department of Energy’s Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment.

The process uses less energy at a lower cost, and it could provide more water for resource-scarce inland regions such as Arizona.

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Santa Barbara Council Accepts $10 Million Matching Grant to Operate Desalination Plant – California

The Santa Barbara City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to accept a $10 million grant — with the understanding that it will run the plant at full capacity for at least 36 out of the next 40 years.

Some environmentalists objected to the council’s decision, citing environmental concerns.

The city was awarded a $10 million matching grant in 2018 from the California Department of Water Resources for the reactivation of the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant, 525 E. Yanonali St.

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ECU researchers receive $1.4 million grant to develop desalination system – United States

Converting seawater into clean water will be the focus of a team from East Carolina University, thanks to a grant through the University of North Carolina’s Research Opportunities Initiative.

The $1.4 million grant will go toward the development of a no-waste, sustainable water desalination system. It is the first time that an ECU-led team has received an ROI grant since the program began in 2014-15.

Kura Duba, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering and the principal investigator for the grant, said “It is a very prestigious award and we as a team are very, very grateful and thankful to the UNC System.”

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