New desal project unveiled

New desal project unveiled

There are 4 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Dec 4, 2010, titled New desal project unveiled. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Plans are under way for a desalination plant in Moss Landing that would use seawater from deep below the surface of Monterey Bay.

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Privatization

Stockton, CA

#1 Dec 5, 2010
Great...there's no more water problem!
We now can have cheap $1,200 water where it was freely pumped from our once magnificent natural aquifers.
Looks like our fearless leaders are trying to build the wrong type of desal technology here...
(Let's build three desal plants now. Two publically funded, and a private one with water 1/6 the price...where we live in an area with rainfall like a rainforest?)

Perfect. We can just keep right on overpumping our aquifers 200% and not change our ways at all.

Isn't technology magnificent? Thank you, once again, Dr. Griggs, for UC's imprimatur of feasibilty of yet another desalination plant and legitimacy of the status quo here in the Monterey Bay...

UC's $ 5 million annual berry IP royalty and our 30,000+ undocumented impoverished berry slaves are safe for now? Our natural ground water system here in our region is already irretrievably shot for the scale of ag production which has developed here.

http://www.cityonahillpress.com/2007/05/10/fr...

Let's not think at all about living here within our natural means....
Why should we?

There's too much money to be made...

(btw...what does Dr. Griggs, a geologist, know about desal?...Why isn't Dr. Haddad, head of the new UCSC Water Institute chiming in?...
http://ciwr.ucsc.edu/desalplanning/about.html
Peninsula Guy

Salinas, CA

#2 Dec 5, 2010
A couple of points:

There is a county ordnance that would prohibits a private desal plant in Monterey County. That has been on the books for quite a while.

There is along-standing concern over once through intakes. Not likely the Coastal Commission will ever approve that.

This is not going to happen as it is presently presented without some bruising legal battles. Since the county is on board with the Regional Water Project which just got State PUC approval, they won't likely support it.

I think Mr Agha wants something; I wonder if he will get it.

So "Privatization" has brought up some interesting points but....It seems the UC angle might be off a bit...for example Dr. Griggs hasn't updated his web site for quite a while; he still lists Steve Kasower as staff. Steve hasn't work for them for over two years. Doesn't look like he has spent much time on this issue for several years.

So on the whole this is a great Sunday morning newspaper story to spur conversation.
Frank Passarelli

Honolulu, HI

#3 Dec 6, 2010
Monterey Peninsula Water Management Agency, Pajaro Valley Water Management District, Pajaro Sunny Mesa Community Services District, Soquel Creek Water District, and others. Would be foolish to install a reverse osmosis system that cost $1200 per acre foot went another can produce it for $700 per acre foot
It can be done cheaper

Seaside, CA

#4 Dec 6, 2010
Frank Passarelli wrote:
Monterey Peninsula Water Management Agency, Pajaro Valley Water Management District, Pajaro Sunny Mesa Community Services District, Soquel Creek Water District, and others. Would be foolish to install a reverse osmosis system that cost $1200 per acre foot went another can produce it for $700 per acre foot
How is it that the technology reverse osmosis systems in the Middle East and Europe can do it for less thn $ 500 per acre foot?

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