Archive for the ‘Editorial’ Category


Lake Oroville Crisis Holds Lesson for Orange County

Lake Oroville crisis holds lesson for Orange County Feb. 26, 2017 By ALLAN BERNSTEIN / Contributing writer Two men watch as water gushes from the Oroville Dam’s main spillway Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. The Oroville Reservoir is continuing to drain Wednesday as state water officials scrambled to reduce th...

Desalination Deal Protects Taxpayers

Ocean desalination is an urgent necessity for Orange County. As California faces mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history, we need to be pursuing all of our options. I often hear versions of the question, “How will Orange County protect itself from this systemic water crisis?” As a scientist, doctor and fat...

OC Register Editorial: OCWD should start talks on buying desal water

Poseidon OC Register Editorial_010715 The Orange County Water District’s board of directors will consider this evening whether the district should formally enter negotiations with Poseidon Resources to purchase the 56,000 acre-feet of water to be produced each year by its planned Huntington Beach Ocean Desalination Project. Op...

OC Register Editorial: Answer for a Thirsty County

The Orange County Register published_an_editorial on Monday, June 16, 2014 lauding the Grand Jury’s report that notes the importance of a diversified water supply. Additionally, the Orange County Register ran three letters_to_the_editor on Saturday, June 14, 2014 identifying desalination as an important tool in Orange Coun...

Jim Silva: Coastal Commission Obstruction Must End

By JIM SILVA / For the Register After serving in elected office at the local, county and state level for a quarter-century, I’ve seen the partisanship divide grow deeper, which has reduced the efficacy of our elected officials and put more control of government in the hands of the bureaucracy. This reality was on full ......

Californians Deserve a Reliable Water Supply

Printed in the San Diego Union Tribune, October 9, 2013 By Mimi Walters & Lou Correa  In December 2012, the pumps that send water from Northern California to Southern California were throttled back yet again in order to protect the Delta Smelt and comply with the regulations in the Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately, tha...

San Diego water-purchase plan of interest to Monterey ratepayers

By DOUG WILHELM and DALE HEKHUIS Guest commentary The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), a public nonprofit, is considering whether to purchase about 50,000 acre-feet of desalinated water annually from Poseidon Resources, a for-profit, privately owned water development company. Poseidon would construct, operate and own th...

OC Needs It’s Own Water Source

By JEFF THOMAS / President, Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) Board of Directors There is a misconception that the tap water we use when we brush our teeth, shower, wash our clothes or water our lawns is overpriced. The water delivered directly to our homes and businesses is clean, filtered and is monitored ......

Extremists need to end their tactics to stall the desal plant

As 2009 ended, the latest attempt to derail the Carlsbad Desalination Plant was rejected by the California Coastal Commission....

Could seawater desalination come to Orange County?

SHAWN DEWANE, Board president at Mesa Consolidated Water District, which serves fresh water to the City of Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach and John Wayne Airport Seawater desalination has been discussed as a potential large scale water source since the days of Aristotle. This technology has proven itself effective over the pa...


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