Coquina Coast Desalination Project Participants to Host Public Meeting Sept 23

Learn more about a project that would insure an endless supply of water in the future.

Palm Coast, FL – September 11, 2009  – The community is invited to learn more about the Coquina Coast Seawater Desalination Project at a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Whitney Laboratory at Marineland, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.  The meeting will start with an open house from 6:00-7:00 p.m., during which time residents can drop in to view display boards and speak with project team members.  A presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium, followed by a question and answer session until 9:00 p.m.
“This is a good opportunity for the public to learn about the work done so far in the first phase of the project, ask questions and provide us with input,” said Richard Adams, City of Palm Coast public works director. “The project participants are committed to an open, public process with this project.  The input we receive will be used in our decision-making process as we move forward.”
The Coquina Coast Seawater Desalination Project is investigating the feasibility of a seawater desalination plant to be located in St. Johns, Flagler or Volusia County.  Future groundwater withdrawals in the region will be limited to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable resource.  Alternative water supplies, such as seawater desalination, must be developed to reduce reliance on groundwater supplies and to meet the public’s future drinking water needs.  Projections show that alternative water supplies will be needed in the 2015 to 2017 timeframe.
Phase 1 of the Coquina Coast Project involves evaluating whether a possible future desalination plant would be better based on a vessel offshore, on land, or a combination of both.  The goal of the project is to determine the most feasible, cost-effective and environmentally sound approach to desalination for the project participants.   Phase 2 of the project includes further testing, additional environmental assessments and preliminary design of the selected option.
Anyone requiring reasonable accommodations as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act should call Michelle Robinson at (727) 580-9013 at least two days prior to the public meeting.
For more information on the Coquina Coast Seawater Desalination Project, go to  The Coquina Coast Project is a partnership among the cities of Palm Coast, DeLand, Mount Dora, Leesburg, Bunnell and Flagler Beach; the Water Authority of Volusia; Flagler, Marion and St. Johns counties; Dunes Community Development District and the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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