Amid mounting controversy and concerns over environmental justice, California American Water on Wednesday withdrew its application for a desalination project in the small Monterey Bay town of Marina.
The proposal had become one of the most fraught issues to come before the California Coastal Commission, which was set to vote Thursday. The decision would have been the first major test of the commission’s new power to review not only harm to the environment when making decisions but also harm to underrepresented communities.
At stake was the contentious future of water on the Monterey Peninsula as well as the role government should play in addressing issues of environmental inequity.
Water demand projections, local groundwater impacts and other water supply concerns have been hotly disputed across