CA - Bolsa Chica Conservancy Urges Approval of Restoration Plan as Proposed Mitigation for Desalination Project

Updated Plan Calls for Improved Water Flow and Expansion of Restoration Acreage from 21 to 84 acres in Muted Tidal Basins, in Addition to Dredging of the Inlet

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, USA, April 18, 2021 / -- The Bolsa Chica Conservancy, which is dedicated to the protection, preservation and restoration of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands has urged the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board to approve the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project’s proposed Bolsa Chica Coastal Habitat Restoration Plan as mitigation for the proposed project.

The updated coastal habitat plan, proposed by project proponent Poseidon Water, enhances the previously released Bolsa Chica plan that was recommended for approval in July 2020 by the Regional Water Board staff. Members of the Regional Board asked Poseidon and its staff to work together to enhance elements of the plan, which now includes nearly doubling the number of mitigation projects from three to five, including four at the Bolsa Chica wetlands. The specific projects include:

● Keeping the tidal inlet open and functioning;● Making improvements to the water flow in the Muted Tidal Basins;● Quadrupling of restoration acreage of the Muted Tidal Basin from 21 acres to 84 acres;● Restoration of the intertidal shelf in the Full Tidal Basin; and● Restoration of the artificial reef off of Palos Verdes.

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