SCWD logo650By Allison Jarrell

The South Coast Water District has released a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Doheny Ocean Desalination Project, which “would produce up to 15 million gallons a day of potable drinking water” at Doheny State Beach, according to SCWD officials. An initial “demonstration phase” of the project would produce 4 to 5 million gallons a day.

SCWD said in a recent press release that the project would “provide a high quality, locally-controlled, drought-proof potable drinking water supply” for local water agencies.

SCWD will hold a public scoping meeting on Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m. in order to present the project and the CEQA process and to gather public input and suggestions regarding the scope and content of the project’s EIR. The meeting will be held at the Dana Point Community Center, located at 34052 Del Obispo Street.

The Notice of Preparation of the EIR can be viewed at South Coast Water District offices, located at 31592 West Street in Laguna Beach, or online at

The California Environmental Quality Act requires a 30-day public review period for a Notice of Preparation. Any comments or responses to the notice should be submitted in writing between March 14 and April 12 to: South Coast Water District, Attn: Mr. Andrew Brunhart, Ph. D., PE – General Manager, 31592 West Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.


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