Ocean Desalination in LA?

West Basin Municipal Water District plans to spend half a billion taxpayer dollars on a 20-60 million gallons-per-day ocean desal project in the South Bay. In November 2019, despite broad-based public opposition, the West Basin Board voted 4-1 to certify their Environmental Impact Report and move the project forward.

But the fight isn't over yet.

In December 2019, coalition member Los Angeles Waterkeeper filed a lawsuit challenging West Basin’s flawed environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Plus, West Basin needs permits from a handful of agencies, and our coalition will be there challenging them at every step of the regulatory approval process – including the California Coastal Commission, Regional Water Quality Control Board, State Lands Commission, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Add your name today to showcase your support for SMARTER water options for LA County.

Location of West Basin’s proposed desalination plant. In the distance is the existing El Segundo NRG power plant. Photo by Brad Jacobson.

This Project is a Boondoggle.

We don't need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on an environmentally disastrous and unnecessary facility.

We can ensure an affordable, reliable water supply for all Angelenos without spending enormous amounts of ratepayer dollars, adding tens of thousands of tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, and building yet another industrial blight along the South Bay coast.

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60+ Rally Outside West Basin Board Meeting

Board voted 4-1 on Nov. 18th to certify flawed EIR and move forward with desal.


West Basin released their final EIR on Oct 23rd. Read it in full.


Culver City and City of Carson have joined 3 Coastal Cities in opposing the project.

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