Management of Brine Discharges to Coastal Waters

Management of Brine Discharges to Coastal Waters

Management of Brine Discharges to Coastal Waters: Recommendations of a Science Advisory Panel

A panel of five experts in diverse fields related to brine disposal in the ocean was convened to advise the State Water Resources Control Board on best practices for brine disposal in support of the development of an amendment to the Ocean Plan.

The brine concentrates can result from desalination of brackish groundwater, recycling domestic wastewater, and especially desalination of seawater. The potential of seawater desalination to provide potable water in the state is growing rapidly, with many plants currently proposed or in the planning stage. The state presently has no regulations on brine discharges and each plant is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Source: Water Boards