In her capacity as Director representing the City of Fullerton, Councilmember Jan Flory was the lone vote against the Orange County Water District commencing negotiations to purchase 56,000 acre feet of water annually from Poseidon Resources’ planned desalination plant in Huntington Beach. As Vern Nelson reports on the Orange Juice Blog:
‘All ten directors EXCEPT JAN FLORY went ahead and voted to:
- “Direct staff to begin negotiating a term sheet with Poseidon Resources to purchase the 56,000 acre-feet per year of water created by the Huntington Beach Ocean Desalination project,” and
- “Report back to the Board no later than the March 18, 2015 Board meeting on the progress of the negotiations.’
Outvoted 9 to 1 by political hacks and others who make up the rest of the OCWD Board of Directors, Ms. Flory is reported to have asked why OCWD needed Poseidon Resources to build a desalination plant when the district had already built it’s own Groundwater Reclamation System without a private vendor. Good question, and The Rag thanks Jan Flory for asking it, and for opposing the purchase agreement with Poseidon’s yet unbuilt plant—an agreement that would require the OCWD to purchase the water each year whether it was needed or not.
Mr. Nelson also reports that several local politicians, including our own State Senator Bob Huff, sent representatives to shill for the project. Senator Huff’s campaign was the recipient of $ 1,000.00 from Poseidon in the 2011-2012 election season.
The central tenant of the late Marc Reisner’s classic work about water in the American West, Cadillac Desert, is that “water flows uphill toward money.” Senator Bob Huff and others continue to prove this adage true.