Sewage plant by the sea? California’s Morro Bay rethinks plans (No. County Times)

January 5, 2013 – When the quaint fishing city of Morro Bay looked at places for a new sewage treatment plant to replace the aging one next to the beach, it proposed to stay put and rebuild by the water. The location did not sit well with state coastal regulators, who were concerned about the threats of erosion and rising sea levels fueled by global warming. However, During a special meeting Thursday night, the Morro Bay City Council headed by a newly elected mayor narrowly voted to side with the coastal commission’s staff, which recommended denying a permit to rebuild on the existing site. Along the 1,100-mile-coast, communities are mulling whether to relocate critical infrastructure, parking lots, bike paths and buried utility lines in a planned retreat from the ocean.

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