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Can a controversial desalination plant ease California’s drought?


Spurred on by the western megadrought, the California Coastal Commission is expected to vote this week on a controversial $1.4 billion desalination plant near Huntington State Beach. Proponents say it could help the drinking water shortage. Skeptics claim marine life will pay the price.

Poseidon Water paints a rosy picture. “The proposed seawater desalination facility will provide 50 million gallons of water per day (50 MGD) to Orange County residents while using existing infrastructure…

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