SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) -- A Marin County water district is challenging a judge's ruling that scuttled plans to build a water desalination plant.

The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bit.ly/sBOgTp) that the Marin Municipal Water District board voted Wednesday to appeal the ruling, which found that the desalination plan's environmental impact statement was flawed.

Marin County Superior Court Judge Lynn Duryee found that the project's impact report did not properly determine the plant's impacts on marine life and the environment.

Water board president Jack Gibson says the desalination plant will help the district meet its future water needs as demand is expected to rise because of climate change and drought.

If built, the plant could make 5-to-15 million gallons per day by taking water from San Rafael Bay and treating it through reverse osmosis technology.

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Information from: Marin Independent Journal, http://www.marinij.com

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