This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Proposed Desalination Plant Of Kurnell, Botany Bay

1378 words - 6 pages

There has been large debate within the community of Sutherland Shire Council concerning the proposed desalination plant at Kurnell. The government has announced that this plant will be built to solve Sydney's current water crisis, however this comes at a heavy price. The $2 billion project will not only cost the government but it will also raise the water bill for Sydney households. There are many arguments both for and against this proposed plant and it simply comes down to the question "which one is more important?" The desalination plant uses a process called reverse osmosis. Sea water is pushed through a fine mesh to filter out the salt resulting in fresh water. It is estimated that the plant will convert 500 megalitres of drinkable water each day during a drought which will supply water for 1.4 million people (a third of Sydney's population). This will assure that during drought season, Sydney's water supply will not be undermined. The desalination plant will also be in use in non-drought periods, producing 125 million litres of water per day. However this mass desalination of water involves many negative consequences. It is argued that this desalination plant is environmentally and financially unsound. A plant as large as this would require 900 gig watt hours of electricity each year. This would result in a significantly higher output of carbon dioxide emissions which are a main contributor to global warming which in turn is contributing to the water crisis. The energy used in this plant is equivalent to the energy use of 120,000 households. The plant would also produce concentrated salt residue and hot brine which will be dumped into the ocean damaging the marine habitats. Marine life will also be at risk of being sucked into the massive pipes with approximately 78,000 fish and 52,000 invertebrates being impinged each year.

There are three potential areas as to where the desalination plant will be built. It was decided that it will be built alongside Caltex Oil Refinery within the industrial area adjacent to the Captain Cook Landing Place Historic Site.

In 2005, Sydney had been facing a severe water crisis and alternative methods were needed for water conservation. The New South Wales government then released a Metropolitan Water Plan for securing Sydney's long-term water supply. In this Water Plan, there had been a proposition for the building of a desalination plant at Kurnell. However the plan had received strong negative feedback from the local community of southern Sydney. The government then released a progress report on the Metropolitan Plan in February 2006 stating that Sydney's water supply is still secure without the establishment of the desalination plant for the time being. However once the dam storage levels reach below 30 percent, the construction of a desalination plant could be built almost immediately. This has raised some concern among the members against the plant proposal with the members of the Sutherland Shire...

Find Another Essay On The proposed desalination plant of Kurnell, Botany Bay

The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan

1110 words - 4 pages dangerous it is, the marijuana is powerful enough that make human continue worked hard in perfecting them indoor. After humans have perfected the new environment to grow the plant indoors, they make good business out of it, and the plant itself successfully fills the need of human for transcendent altered states of consciousness. Works Cited Pollan, Michael. The Botany of Desire: a Plant's Eye View of the World. New York: Random House, 2001. Print.

The bay of pigs Essay

530 words - 2 pages American Cultures The Bay of Pigs Characters: John Fitzgerald Kennedy, as the president of the United States, was a main character in the story of The Bay of Pigs. He entered during the beginning of the book and was a major influence in the actions taken towards the Cubans and Fidel Castro during the invasion of communist Cuba.Pepé San Romana was the leader of Cuban Brigade 2506, given its name in honor of the first Cuban man lost from

The History of the Hudson Bay Company

3404 words - 14 pages the social hierarchy by according to their beaver hats. It was so valuable that the sand on the floor was filtered to save every hair that has fallen off. For the Europeans, captivating advantages of the rich furs from the Indians in the New World was a major factor in generating handsome profits, and there is no other pelt exchanging business enterprise like the Hudson's Bay Company. It is the oldest venture of Canada and it inspired many by

The Success of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

1521 words - 6 pages In the 1600’s, two colonies were establishing themselves on the east coast of North America. In 1607, a group of merchants, known as the Virginia Company, settled at Jamestown, Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay (Divine, 72); while Puritan leader John Winthrop, stationed himself and his followers at Massachusetts Bay in 1630. (Divine, 90) Although both settlements started off relatively the same, the greater success of one over the other has

Environmental History of The Bay Area

2816 words - 12 pages has transformed the composition of its aquatic communities; reduction of freshwater inflow by more than half has changed the dynamics of its plant and animal communities; and wastes have contaminated its sediments and organisms” (Nichols). The introduction of new industries, and industrialization to the Bay Area have brought severe pollution consequences that heavily affect the overall quality of life for people in certain communities, and

Adaptation to Human Needs in Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire

2344 words - 9 pages In “The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan, the author argues that instead of humans interacting, controlling, and paving the way for plants, they in fact work in ways for our lives to better themselves, and help us to become the human’s we are. They instill desires in our life: beauty, control, sweetness, and intoxication. Each plant mentioned in the four-part book, apples (Malus Domestica), tulips (Tulipa), marijuana (Cannabis Sativa x

The Plant of Plentiful Power

961 words - 4 pages struggling economy in multiple ways. Medical marijuana is a taxable drug that is expected to bring the government of colorado over $578,000,000 in the first year alone (Miles). It is also a natural resource that has the practicality to make the cotton, paper, soybean and fossil fuels industry more efficient and eco-friendly (Marijuana). Medical marijuana comes from the hemp plant. After the marijuana is harvested from the plant the rest of the

The Oyster Population of the The Chesapeake Bay

3325 words - 13 pages . To stop agricultural runoff the Bay has done many things. Some farmers have stopped tilling their land instead, they leave the roots of the plant in the ground .The roots act as sponges and suck the water up when it rains. This save the water from running down, and save the farmer energy and money. Scientist have suggested that farmers create grass or forest buffers, to stop the water from polluting the bay. The buffers can redirect the water or

Failed Invasion of The Bay of Pigs - History - Essay Outline

1070 words - 5 pages Bay of Pigs: Failed invasion of Cuba (17–19 April 1961) Introduction · Cuban Soldier "It was like a great lesson for the Cuban people, we finally learnt that we don't have to be afraid of the enemy," · Involved 1,400 cuban exiles trained by the CIA and 8 American B-26 Bombers · One of the USA’s worst defeats · The invasion only lasted 2 days · Resulted in 118 Cuban Exiles deaths and 176 Cuban army soldiers deaths and over 1,100 of the

Effect of the Bay of Pigs on Miami

801 words - 3 pages Cuban Exiles The Bay of Pigs had a large impact on the Cubans that were already settled in our country and greatly affected the immigration rate into the United States. Their impact in the US and on their home country is enormous. After living in Miami, I can fully understand the effect the Cuban community has on our country. This event changed the way that American citizens viewed Cubans and also changed the way that Cubans looked at the

The United States' Mistake in The Bay of Pigs

1281 words - 6 pages back and forth between the soviets and the U.S. A United States spy plane captured pictures of nuclear missile sites on Cuban soil witch many believe was a result of the invasion of the United States on Cuba during the Bay of Pigs. The Bay of Pigs resulted in bad U.S. Cuba relations, The Cuban missile Crisis, and a huge mistake by the U.S. One of the biggest effects of the Bay of Pigs was the relationship between the United States and Cuba

Similar Essays

Coastal Management Of The Botany Bay Area In Sydney Australia

544 words - 2 pages YEAR 10 GEOGRAPHY RESEARCH PROJECTBotany Bay- Recreational/ Commercial FishingSTATEMENT OF ISSUEThe issue I have chosen to cover, relating to Water Management is recreational and commercial fishing in Botany Bay.Botany Bay is a large estuary located to the south of Sydney Harbour, which has significant natural, cultural and historical values for the community. It encompasses a rich and diverse aquatic habitat, which includes over 230 fish

The Botany Of Control Essay

1835 words - 8 pages It is natural to perceive the relationship between people and domesticated plants as one-sided, with humans, the subject, freely imposing its will upon plants, the object. Observers will point to the historical progress of technological innovations in agriculture that offer seemingly greater mastery over our plant counterparts and suggest that humans largely control domesticated plants; today, man seems free to choose what plants to grow

Notes On Chapters Of Botany Covering The Topics: Multicellular Algae, Mosses/Ferns, Plants With Seeds, Seed Plant Reproduction, Plant Structure, And Control Of Plant Growth/Development

4201 words - 17 pages at least partially was 500-600 million y.a-Bryophyta (mosses, liverworts, hornworts) and Tracheophyta (ferns) evolved about 450-500 million y.aDemands of Life on Land-Requirements to live on land-All cells need constant supply of water, need the water delivered, need protection from evaporation-The parts of the plant that make the food for the plant must be exposed to as much sunlight as possible-Land plants must transport water/nutrients upward

Lily Of The Valley Botany Essay

619 words - 2 pages continued through the recent past. In 1982, it became the national flower of Finland. It also is the official flower of the Phi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Sigma fraternity and sorority, respectively. Today, this flower is traditionally sold in France on May 1st.One of the Lily of the Valley's main uses is its medicinal purpose. This is accomplished by collecting and drying the plant. It can also be used for the fragrance in olive oil and sweet almonds