OCWD does not have regulatory oversight of the Huntington Beach project. While OCWD is not responsible for the environmental review or approval of the facility, the project must go through a rigorous approval process at the local and statewide level to receive environmental permits.
As the project lead, Poseidon Water already has been required by the California Coastal Commission to make improvements in the facility to protect ocean wildlife. Significant attention has and will be paid to ensuring the facility would not have a significant environmental impact. Special considerations will be given to the seawater intake and brine discharge operations. Without approval from the Coastal Commission, this project cannot move forward.
You may view the Technical Feasibility of Subsurface Intake Designs for the Proposed Poseidon Water Desalination Facility at Huntington Beach, California (ISTAP Phase 1 Report 10-9-2014 and ISTAP Phase 1 Letter).
About the California Coastal Commission
The California Coastal Commission (CCC), in partnership with coastal cities and counties, plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone. It is the agency responsible for reviewing the permit application for the proposed Poseidon Water desalination facility. The mission of the Coastal Commission is to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the California coast and ocean for environmentally sustainable and prudent use by current and future generations.