Now Channel Islands Harbor will be stagnant as a Result of the Mandalay Power Plant Shut Down

Editor’s Note: Citizens Journal previously warned the public and Oxnard Council about the reduced Channel Islands harbor water circulation if the Mandalay power plant liquid cooling system shut down. Now we are there. This will likely be a topic of discussion on Wednesday eve at 6 PM at the Channel Islands Neighborhood Council meeting at Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd.

Keith Moore was kind enough to send us the following:

Now that the Harbor is stagnant………………..!

These agreements discuss “What if the Power plant shuts down.”

CIH_SeabridgeDA-A6193 CIH_Seabridge-MOU CIH_WestportDA-A5876 CIH_WestportMOU-A5848

It cost about $230,000 per year to run the pumps at full load.

We notice that the Mandalay Station cooling water pumps and canal connecting the CI Harbor to the Mandalay Power Station are to be abandoned!

Since the 1970’s, the Mandalay Station cooling water pumps provide an essential function to purge and prevent stagnation of Ventura County’s Channel Island Harbor
The average flow is 10 million / gal / day (from 2010 to 2014) (design capacity is ~ 250 million gallons/day).

To abandon this system will quite possibly create a stagnant pond at the north-end of our Harbor!


This WAS your chance to weigh in on the situation ….

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

To stakeholders interested in the Water Quality Control Policy on the Use of Coastal and Estuarine Waters for Power Plant Cooling (Once‐Through Cooling Policy),

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will accept public comments on a draft determination to approve mitigation measures for Mandalay Generating Station to comply with the Once‐Through Cooling Policy. The draft determination is available to view or download on the State Water Board’s web site at:

Written comments must be received no later than 12:00 PM noon on August 29, 2017 and must be addressed to:

Katherine Faick, Environmental Scientist

State Water Resources Control Board

1001 I Street, 15th Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

Comment letters may be submitted electronically in pdf text format (if less than 15 megabytes in total size), to Katherine Faick via e-mail at [email protected].

In the subject line, please indicate “Comment letter – OTC Draft Determination for Mandalay Generating Station.” If the file is greater than 15 megabytes in total size, then the comment letter may be submitted by fax at (916) 341‐5709. Couriers delivering hard copies of comment letters must check in with lobby security personnel, who can contact Katherine Faick at (916) 445-2317.

Please direct questions about the draft determinations to Katherine Faick at (916) 445-2317 (K[email protected]) or Mariela Paz Carpio-Obeso, Ocean Standards Unit Chief at (916) 341‐5858 ([email protected]).

Ed. note- passed on by Bert Perello today:

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 7:36 PM Scott Whitney <[email protected]> wrote:
Good evening Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and Council,
I wanted to give you a status update on the issue of water quality in the harbor. This is very preliminary info and subject to change. Our staff took water samples and expect results within the next couple of days. The info listed below is what we received from Thien Ng. 
We did not observe anything that cause for concern.  Water in the Edison Canal is some what muddy or murky but did not observe an explosion of algae growth.  Water in the channel are moving with high and low tide (not stagnant)
Took samples at 5 locations to analyze for bacteria (harmful to human health), nitrogen & phosphorus (high concentration of nitrogen & phosphorus will promote algae growth & will deplete oxygen in water) 
We’ll keep you updated as we gather more information.

Keith Moore is with Hollywood by the Sea

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