OC desalination plant: Worth the money or environmental disaster?

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A proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach would turn seawater into drinkable water. Some environmentalists are concerned about what this project could do to the coastal ecosystem. Photo by ClaireUS (CC BY 2.0).

In Huntington Beach, a debate is brewing over the construction of a desalination plant, which would convert seawater to drinkable water. The process is extensive and expensive. The construction is controversial because of the cost and because of what all that salt and excess could do to the coastal ecosystem.