West Basin remains committed to environmental protection and the development of a responsible ocean water desalination facility and is now performing a detailed quantification of these impacts through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA.) The CEQA process is required for any project that has the potential to have adverse environmental impacts. Through CEQA a project is required to determine if the impacts are significant enough to require an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or is they are less than significant and do not require further analysis. It was determined through West Basin’s Program Master Plan a full scale ocean water desalination facility would require an EIR and have impacts that would require mitigation. To learn more about CEQA please check out the California Natural Resources Agency website here.
West Basin’s responsible ocean water desalination CEQA and EIR initiation was approved by the Board of Directors in May 2015. West Basin has developed a schedule for the project and will be updating this website with updates and key dates. If you would like to be included on an update list for West Basin’s EIR process click here. A current EIR schedule is below and will be updated. For the latest news on West Basin’s responsible ocean water desalination program check out the What’s New section for up to date information.
|Notice of Preparation (NOP) Release||August 31st, 2015|
|45 Day Public Comment Period||August 31st -October 15th, 2015|
|General Public Briefing (ECLWRF)||September 30th, 2015 6:00 pm|
|Technical Studies and Impact Quantification (internal)||October 2015–January 2016|
|Anticipated Draft EIR Release||Spring 2016 TBA
|Draft EIR Comment Review||Summer (3 Months) TBA|
|Anticipated Final EIR Certification||Fall 2016 TBA