Construction work at Carlsbad desalination plant, the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Photo courtesy Carlsbad Desalination Project
Construction work at Carlsbad desalination plant, the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Photo courtesy Carlsbad Desalination Project

San Diego Coastkeeper lost a legal battle against the San Diego County Water Authority‘s long term water-supply plan after a superior court judge ruled the plan met California environmental standards.

Coastkeeper had argued that the plan did not take into account energy use and greenhouse gases generated by large projects such as the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, which is set to begin supplying water in the fall.

“We’re disappointed in this decision that allows the water authority to prioritize costly, environmentally-damaging water supply options over efficient sources like conservation and water recycling,” said Everett DeLano, the attorney representing Coastkeeper

Bob Yamada, director of water resources for the water authority, praised last week’s ruling and criticized Coastkeeper for “improperly attacking critical water supply choices the Water Authority has made in order to ensure that the San Diego region has a safe and reliable water supply.”

The Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan Update and associated Climate Action Plan serve as the Water Authority’s road map through 2035 for future capital projects and responding to climate change.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.