Poseidon Jokes and Mesa Water Laughs Over Proposed Tax Increase for ‘Privately Funded’ Desal Project

Poseidon Jokes and Mesa Water Laughs Over Proposed Tax Increase for ‘Privately Funded’ Desal Project

08 July 2015

Orange County taxpayers may have to pay a lot more for a $1 billion Huntington Beach ocean desalination plant if the Mesa Water District gets its way. For the past decade the developer, Poseidon Resources, has promised taxpayers they won’t have to pay a cent for construction of the desal plant, which would create about 56,000 acre-feet of pricey drinking water every year, if approved. The tax truth came out unexpectedly at a special Mesa Water board meeting held June 27 to promote the Poseidon project’s supposed benefits, which led to a joke by Poseidon's Robert Sulnick that got a good laugh.

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Water Board President’s Coastal Commission Claims Questioned

Water Board President’s Coastal Commission Claims Questioned

18 June 2015

OCWD Board of Directors president Cathy Green to the Coastal Commission, June 12: "I am here to inform the commission that on May 14 that Orange County Water District's Board of Directors voted to approve a term sheet (pre-contract) with Poseidon Resources to purchase the full 56,000 are feet per year capacity of the Huntington Beach desalination project," she announced, firmly. "When the commission was considering the desalination permit application in November of 2013, the issue of who would buy the water was unresolved. Today, this issue has been resolved," she added. But the record shows otherwise.

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Posted in Headlines, MWD, OCWD, Poseidon, Water Boarding2 Comments

Tide Turning Against Plastic Microbeads in Toiletries

Tide Turning Against Plastic Microbeads in Toiletries

11 June 2015

Appearing in the February issue of Science magazine, the findings of the first large-scale study to estimate how much plastic is actually going into the oceans are nothing short of shocking. Using data from 192 coastal countries, the researchers calculated that, just in the year 2010, between 4.8 and 12.7 million metric tons (roughly 10.5 to 28 billion pounds) entered the oceans. If nothing is done to stem the inflow of plastics, those numbers could increase ten-fold by 2025.

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Poseidon’s Reliability Promise: Pay More For the Same

Poseidon’s Reliability Promise: Pay More For the Same

08 June 2015

Will water ratepayers benefit if the Orange County Water District partners with Poseidon Resources Inc. to build a $1 billion ocean desalination plant in Huntington Beach? Efforts by the Irvine Ranch Water District to get a public explanation of the supposed benefits of Poseidon's desalination project continue to be unsuccessful. The OCWD board also pushed aside other cost questions until a negotiated contract is presented to the board, a tactic that any "pre owned" car salesman would recognize as clearly in his favor.

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Posted in Headlines, MWD, MWDOC, OCWD, Poseidon, Water Boarding10 Comments

Poseidon Desal: Will OCWD Be Shipwrecked by Mermaids?

Poseidon Desal: Will OCWD Be Shipwrecked by Mermaids?

08 June 2015

Centuries ago, explorers sailed Poseidon's Seven Seas looking for beautiful mermaids and lands full of golden treasures. Although some of the hapless adventurers may have found what they were looking for, those who didn't drink too much seawater were usually disappointed. Today, it looks like Poseidon, the God of the Sea, is up to his old tricks again.

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Posted in Headlines, MWD, OCWD, Poseidon, Water Boarding3 Comments

Garden Grove Desal Forum Tackles Issues Suppressed by OCWD

Garden Grove Desal Forum Tackles Issues Suppressed by OCWD

20 May 2015

A public forum held by Garden Grove mayor Bao Nguyen last night examined the cost of and alternatives to a proposed $1 billion ocean desalination plant promoted by the Orange County Water District. Those issues--and the panel of local experts who discussed them last night--have been all but ignored by most of the OCWD Board of Directors, some of whom have strong financial and political ties to Poseidon Resources Inc., the company that would build the plant, and its big-business allies.

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Drought Politics: Pat Bates Baits Union-Tribune Readers with Doomsday Scenario

Drought Politics: Pat Bates Baits Union-Tribune Readers with Doomsday Scenario

17 March 2015

Orange County is the poster child of disregard for the drought: lush green expanses of grass in front of strip malls, road medians, HOAs, government facilities, and private properties. Any claim she makes that Orange County has “tried” to do its part is laughable. It is interesting that Ms. Bate would chime in on a project outside her district that runs roughly from Dana Point to Cardiff by the Sea in San Diego County. Her district imports nearly 100 percent of its water. North Orange County imports only 30 percent and it could be zero if we managed the groundwater basin equitably.

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OCWD: Costly Desalination Plan Trumped by Common Sense Alternatives

OCWD: Costly Desalination Plan Trumped by Common Sense Alternatives

16 March 2015

The OCWD’s board of directors has been loath to use commonsense over the past year, rushing toward a draft contract with Poseidon Resources for a $1 billion desalination plant, while limiting transparency and public discussion of important issues left unanswered. Now a new commonsense idea has come forth from one of the County’s most experienced water managers, Peer Swan, who serves on the Irvine Ranch Water District Board of Directors. OCWD should implement Swan's idea before considering a deal with Poseidon for unneeded and much more expensive water.

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OC Water District: Tomorrow’s Forecast is Cloudy with a Chance of Error

OC Water District: Tomorrow’s Forecast is Cloudy with a Chance of Error

05 March 2015

In Orange County, hardly a meeting of a water agency goes by without a board member championing the need for ever-increasing water supplies. On two recent occasions I have heard Orange County Water District Board Member Cathy Green project that "we" needed another 80 to 90 thousand acre feet of water by 2035 due to projected population increases. Many, if not most public agencies rely heavily on population growth as a driver of future water demand forecasts. It seems logical at first blush; more people, more demand. But the reality is more nuanced, and population and consumption are becoming poorly correlated due to many factors.

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Tardy Water Director Feels ‘Unsafe’ at Public Meeting

Tardy Water Director Feels ‘Unsafe’ at Public Meeting

23 February 2015

Bilodeau is usually late to meetings, often by more than 30 minutes. Sometimes he arrives late but leaves early or the meeting has only minutes left. But board members are always entitled to their $221 stipend plus mileage, just for showing up, no matter how long they stay. Bilodeau wants “visitors” to stay seated in the "visitors gallery", away from the food on the counter-top and away from the back of his neck. “I think that we need to carefully consider how we're going to deal with that,” he said.

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