“The Marin Municipal Water District will challenge a judge’s ruling that the district’s desalination project environmental impact report is flawed, which essentially voided the project.
“The water district board voted Wednesday in a closed session to appeal a Marin Superior Court decision that determined the environmental analysis of the proposed San Rafael desalination plant was not prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
“The North Coast Rivers Alliance was joined by several other parties in the lawsuit challenging the desalination project.
“In her August opinion, Judge Lynn Duryee said she was concerned the environmental impact report didn’t properly describe the environmental setting near the project nor fully assess its impact on marine species.
“Water district lawyers argued that assessments were done during peak seasons and that a more comprehensive study would be done — as required by state and federal officials — once the project moved forward.
The judge went on to write that the desalination plan is “unnecessary because water conservation costs nothing, has no negative environmental effects and is more effective than the (desalination) project.”
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