This is the desal plant that PCCA proposes to build on Harbor Island. This project is moving forward quickly:
"The TCEQ executive director has completed the technical review of the application and prepared a draft permit."
Despite the studies we submitted showing the ecological damage that this plant would entail TCEQ decided that dumping 95 million gallons per day of hypersaline water into waters next to the estuary wouldn't be a problem:
"The effluent will be discharged via pipe directly to Corpus Christi Bay in Segment No. 2481 of the Bays and Estuaries. The designated uses for Segment No. 2481 are primary recreation, exceptional aquatic life use, and oyster waters."
The Port Aransas Conservancy is strongly opposed to POCCA's plans to place a desalination plant on Harbor Island next to the ferry landing and directly across from Roberts Point Park. The plant would discharge up to 95.6 million gallons per day of highly saline effluent into the ship channel; the tides would move this plume into the surrounding wetlands, killing off the spawning grounds for shrimp, crabs, and fish. This project would be an ecological disaster that could drive off the fishing industry and would certainly impact the tourism that supports Port Aransas. We strongly support Mayor Bujan and the city in their opposition to it.
This project must not go forward.
Scientific articles regarding desalination and channel dredging courtesy of the Univertity of Texas Marine Science Institute.
TCEQ Notice of Preliminary Decision (pdf)Download
Notice of Receipt and Intent to Obain WQ Permit WQ0005253000 (pdf)Download
Desalination Plants: Potential impacts of brine discharge on marine life (pdf)Download
Environmental Impact and Impact Assessment of Desalination (pdf)Download
Effects of a Desalination Plant Discharge on the Marine Environment of Barrow Island (pdf)Download
Impacts of Brine Discharge on the Marine Environment (pdf)Download
Desalination Intake Investigation (pdf)Download
Desalination Technology Trends (pdf)Download
An Overview of Seawater Intake Facilities for Seawater Desalination (pdf)Download
Water Desalination (pdf)Download
Water Desalination in Texas (pdf)Download
The Future of Desalination in Texas (pdf)Download
Desalination: Is It Worth the Salt? (pdf)Download
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