Coastal Commission Staff Report
Recommends DENIAL of Cal Am Desal

By Melodie Chrislock

The Coastal Commission Staff report agrees... We don’t need Cal Am’s Desal. The Commissioners don’t necessarily have to vote with their staff’s recommendation on November 14, but the Coastal Act requires them consider feasible alternatives that are less environmentally damaging. Make your voice heard. 

Tell the Coastal Commission - NO Cal Am Desal
Click Here to Sign the Petition

Please sign and share the ONLINE petition. There’s plenty of education there for friends who need to know more about this issue. You can also send an email to the commissioners at CalAmMonterey@coastal.ca.gov.

The Pure Water Monterey Expansion is clearly the solution to our water shortage. This new Water Management District Supply and Demand Report shows that the Pure Water Monterey Expansion would give us enough water to meet the Peninsula’s growth demand for 40 to 50 years, even at twice the historic average of the past 20 years. It's drought proof too!

No one benefits from Cal Am’s Desal except Cal Am shareholders. This desal plant would cost us $1.2 billion over 30 years, compared to the Pure Water Monterey Expansion at $190 million. This project is the iconic “Billion Dollar Boondoggle.” 

The California Coastal Commission is the last chance for the public to have a say in this. Cal Am has hired a high powered lobbyist to try and persuade the Commissioners to go with Cal Am’s project. The Commission will meet on November 14 in Half Moon Bay to vote on whether to permit Cal Am’s Desal or not. We need to be there. PLEASE ATTEND if possible. See Events.

When you compare Cal Am's Desal with the Pure Water Monterey Expansion, it’s clear which project is in the public interest and why. Have a look at PWN’s easy Comparison Chart.

The Coastal Commission staff has done a thorough and excellent job in concluding that Cal Am’s desalination project should be denied.

This project is not an environmentally sound or economically desirable solution to the Peninsula’s water shortage. On November 14th, we hope the Commissioners will agree.

Take the bus with us... PWN has chartered a bus.
Contact Melodie at info@publicwaternow.org to reserve a seat.

California Coastal Commission Hearing
Thursday, November 14 at 9am
Oceano Hotel and Spa
280 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay

Write a Letter to the Coastal Commission
Most of the Commissioners do not take meetings, but letters sent to CalAmMonterey@coastal.ca.gov will be delivered to all 12 Commissioners and staff.

Let the Coastal Commissioners know we don’t need this desal plant and that the Pure Water Monterey Expansion is the better alternative, both environmentally and economically. Check out the Comparison Chart for points you can make in your letter.

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