There really hasn’t been much info publicly available about “Playa Santos” the last few months. No wonder. A quick name change and they are now “Tres Santos.” You remember this project right? MIRA Companies of México, a subsidiary of Black Creek of Colorado. Desal plant at Punta Lobos. No threat to the existing water systems. All that remains to be seen.
But they will get what they want. The marketing and public relations have begun. They are too experienced and well funded to not successfully navigate the mine field that is development in México, i.e. politics. My personal major concern is about the science they will use for the desal plant and what the residual salt will or will not do to the fragile underground fresh water aquifer that we all depend on regardless of who is pumping the water out of the ground. Water is an ever growing concern here and putting any of our fresh water at risk seems totally foolish to me.
MIRA is working with Colorado State University and they are donating land and buildings for a Colorado State University Todos Santos Center.
Artist Rendering Of Colorado State University Todos Santos Center Complex
The CSU Todos Santos Center, which will consist of three donated buildings and five acres of farm land, will be CSU’s first international center. It intends to offer hands-on bi-cultural education and research opportunities and events for CSU students and faculty, as well as for Todos Santos residents and visitors. Study and research plans include an emphasis on agriculture, wildlife ecology, veterinary medicine, environmental and social sustainability, and language study, among others.
MIRA will begin construction on the Center’s boarding and dining facility, classrooms, library and the Todos Santos Agricultural and Water Research Center in April, 2014. The Center is scheduled to open winter of 2015. MIRA’s gift represents approximately US$4.3 million in land and facilities.
The multifaceted CSU center will include dormitory-style lodging for 24 students and faculty, classroom spaces, and an Agriculture and Water Research Center where local farmers and CSU students and researchers will grow organic fruits and vegetables and study effective water use.
It’s very hard to know what to believe and what / who to trust concerning this issue. Different things are being said to different interest groups so how do you get a handle on what really will be happening? Vamos a ver I suppose. One thing appears certain, the Todos Santos that was, will be changing in a big way and very quickly.
Read the press releases for more info:
Colorado State University Launches International Center In México
Colorado State University Todos Santos Center
MIRA Companies Press Release Todos Santos Center