State releases Coastal Water Project EIR.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The CWP proposes a desalination facility that would include a seawater intake, desal plant, brine discharge system, new pipelines and a storage and recovery system in the Seaside Aquifer. The desalinated water would then be delivered to Cal Am's customers on the Peninsula.
The EIR analyzes three alternative projects: a desalination plant at Moss Landing; a desalination plant at North Marina; and Phase 1 of a broader Regional Project with a desalination plant located at North Marina, along with a no-project alternative. The Peninsula needs a new water supply, particularly in light of the state water board's cease-and-desist order constraining pumping from the Seaside Aquifer and Carmel River.