De-salting the Pacific

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Long Beach's Water Department already has come up with an innovative way to make seawater drinkable at a lower cost. Now the challenge is to make the process friendly to sea creatures. Two state grants, approved last week, should help make that possible. The first, for $1 million, will go toward completing a prototype desalination plant near the Haynes Generating Station in East Long Beach. The second, for $2 million, will be used to test a new way to collect seawater without destroying fish eggs and small organisms.