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According to the California Coastal Commission, more than twenty proposed desalination plants along the coast are in various stages of planning and permitting. Several desalination plants, including an experimental plant in Marin and a plant in Carlsbad, are coming online in the very near future. In addition, desalination is receiving substantial subsidies from the Department of Water Resources to encourage the development of new water supplies through desalination. This Panel discussed these issues, potential regulatory and legislative proposals, and the costs and benefits of desalination in California.

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