30 June, 2006

New Pacific Institute study on Desalination ...

New Pacific Institute study on Desalination: Released Today

The Pacific Institute is proud to announce the release of our new comprehensive assessment of ocean desalination: "Desalination: With a Grain of Salt" (by H. Cooley, P. Gleick, and G. Wolff) The report, which includes a California review of the 21 plants proposed along the west coast, identifies the risks and benefits of desalination and addresses questions of cost, reliability, environmental impacts, coastal development, and water quality. The potential benefits of ocean desalination are great, but the economic, cultural, and environmental costs of wide commercialization remain high.

The report was funded by the California Coastal and Marine Initiative (CCMI) program of the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Additional support was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Flora Family Foundation.

The full report, appendices, and press materials are available for free in electronic form at:
http://www.pacinst.org/reports/desalination/index.htm .

Hard copies can be ordered from the Pacific Institute and will be ready
for mailing in a few weeks.


Dr. Peter H. Gleick
MacArthur Fellow
Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security
654 13th Street
Oakland, California 94612
510 251-1600 phone
510 251-2203 fax

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