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  • California Desalination Planning Handbook

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    California Desalination Planning Handbook

    Department of Water Resources | March 4, 2008...
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    In September 2002, AB 2717 was signed into law, designating the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to establish the California Desalination Task Force...

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  • Desalination – Brackish and Sea Water (Resource Management Strategy)

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    Desalination – Brackish and Sea Water (Resource Management Strategy)

    Department of Water Resources | July 29, 2016...
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    Desalination, the removal of salts from saline waters, is one of the few options available to augment California’s water supply. California has facilities...

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  • Desalination and Membrane Technologies: Federal Research and Adoption Issues

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    Desalination and Membrane Technologies: Federal Research and Adoption Issues

    Congressional Research Service | January 2, 2015...
    Summary

    In the United States, desalination and membrane technologies are used to augment municipal water supply, produce high-quality industrial water supplies, and reclaim contaminated...

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  • Desalination Plant Entrainment Impacts and Mitigation

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    Desalination Plant Entrainment Impacts and Mitigation

    California State Water Resources Control Board | October 9, 2013...
    Summary

    Raw seawater is used for a variety of purposes, including as source water for desalination plants and to cool coastal power plants. Raw...

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  • Desalination, With a Grain of Salt – A California Perspective

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    Desalination, With a Grain of Salt – A California Perspective

    Pacific Institute | June 1, 2006...
    Summary

    In Desalination, With a Grain of Salt – A California Perspective, the Pacific Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the history, benefits, and...

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  • High-Salinity Sensitivity Study: Short-and Long-Term Exposure Assessments

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    High-Salinity Sensitivity Study: Short-and Long-Term Exposure Assessments

    State Water Resources Control Board | April 12, 2013...
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    The West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD) High Salinity Sensitivity Study (HSS Study) comprehensively evaluated the potential short-term and long-term exposure effects of...

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    Hyper?Salinity Toxicity Thresholds for Nine California Ocean Plan Toxicity Test Protocols

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    Hyper?Salinity Toxicity Thresholds for Nine California Ocean Plan Toxicity Test Protocols

    State Water Resources Control Board | July 1, 2012...
    Summary

    A growing number of coastal cities in California are exploring the potential for ocean desalination as a means to augment freshwater supplies. There...

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  • Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Costs and Financing

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    Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Costs and Financing

    Pacific Institute | November 27, 2012...
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    Economics – including both the cost of the water produced and the complex financial arrangements needed to develop a project – are key...

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  • Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Pacific Institute | May 1, 2013...
    Summary

    Interest in seawater desalination in California is high, with 17 plants proposed along the California coast and two in Mexico. But removing the...

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  • Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Marine Impacts

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    Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Marine Impacts

    Pacific Institute | December 11, 2013...
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    Desalination, like other major industrial processes, has environmental impacts that must be understood and mitigated. A new report from the Pacific Institute examines effects on...

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  • Management of Brine Discharges to Coastal Waters: Recommendations of a Science Advisory Panel

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    Management of Brine Discharges to Coastal Waters: Recommendations of a Science Advisory Panel

    Southern California Coastal Water Research Project | June 6, 2012...
    Summary

    A panel of five experts in diverse fields related to brine disposal in the ocean was convened to advise the State Water Resources...

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  • Mitigation and Fees for the Intake of Seawater by Desalination and Power Plants

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    Mitigation and Fees for the Intake of Seawater by Desalination and Power Plants

    State Water Resources Control Board | March 4, 2012...
    Summary

    Raw seawater is used for a variety of purposes, including as source water for desalination plants and to cool coastal power plants. Raw...

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  • New Sources for California’s Water Supply

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    New Sources for California’s Water Supply

    State of California | March 1, 2016...
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    The Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources was established in February 2015 to examine the strategies California could take to...

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