the problems with a desalination plant

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Harbor Island Desalination Plant

TCEQ Draft Permit

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.


Desal plant application

Harbor Island Permit Application (pdf)

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PAC comments and hearing request

PAC Comments and Hearing Request (pdf)

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Marine Science Literature for Desalinization & Channel Deepening Projects

Scientific articles regarding desalination and channel dredging courtesy of the Univertity of Texas Marine Science Institute.

more scientific papers

Larvae of estuarine dependent species Buskey (docx)

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Desal Intake Discharge Report (pdf)

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Resources

TCEQ Notice of Preliminary Decision (pdf)

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Notice of Receipt and Intent to Obain WQ Permit WQ0005253000 (pdf)

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Desalination Plants: Potential impacts of brine discharge on marine life (pdf)

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Environmental Impact and Impact Assessment of Desalination (pdf)

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Effects of a Desalination Plant Discharge on the Marine Environment of Barrow Island (pdf)

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Impacts of Brine Discharge on the Marine Environment (pdf)

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Desalination Intake Investigation (pdf)

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Desalination Technology Trends (pdf)

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An Overview of Seawater Intake Facilities for Seawater Desalination (pdf)

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Water Desalination (pdf)

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Water Desalination in Texas (pdf)

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The Future of Desalination in Texas (pdf)

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Desalination: Is It Worth the Salt? (pdf)

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