From ActCoastal

Year 2022
Month May
Location Costa Mesa
Description The May Coastal Commission meeting took place in Costa Mesa on May 11-13. The meeting included the much anticipated vote on the Brookfield-Poseidon Huntington Beach Desalination Plant as well as a critical enforcement issue in Pacific Palisades, an update on the state’s Sea Level Rise Action Plan and a vote on coastal armoring in San Clemente. This meeting resulted in one vote chart - the Brookfield-Poseidon desalination agenda item.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Brookfield-Poseidon Huntington Beach Desalination Plant On Thursday, the Coastal Commission voted in concurrence with the staff recommendation to deny the Brookfield-Poseidon Huntington Beach desalination plant. Poseidon proposed to construct and operate a seawater desalination plant using open ocean seawater intake pipe to produce 50 million gallons per day of potable water - what would be one of the largest in the nation. The proposed location was the site of existing power plant and within the Huntington Beach wetlands complex. Project opponents argued that it was not needed in Orange County and would only make the water rich, richer and significantly drive up water rates, posing a serious environmental justice concern. The staff report recommended denial based on potential environmental justice concerns as well as enormous and unjustifiable energy use. The plant would have also had devastating impacts to marine life, which the staff report points out were unable to be mitigated due to practical considerations over the scale of wetland creation that would be necessary. Commissioners unanimously denied the project. Green Dot.png

Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

May 2022 Meeting

Green Dot.png = Positive Conservation Vote         Red Dot.png = Negative Conservation Vote

Commissioner Brookfield-Poseidon Huntington Beach Desalination Plant
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Good Vote
Nl12c hart.jpg Caryl Hart Good Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Good Vote
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Good Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Good Vote
Rice.jpg Katie Rice Good Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Abstained from Vote
MeaganHarmon 2020 0116 color corrected.png Meagan Harmon Good Vote
Mikewilson.png Mike Wilson Good Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Good Vote by Alternate
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Good Vote
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Good Vote