The November hearing was held in beautiful Half Moon Bay. In addition to hearing a large development project put forth by the Navy, the Commission held a several-hour hearing regarding a permit for subsurface “test wells” at a proposed desalination plant in Monterey Peninsula. The Commission voted to approve the test wells. Many local community members spoke in favor of the test wells because Monterey Peninsula has exhausted all conservation efforts to broaden its water portfolio and seawater desalination is the last resort. Several environmental, business, and agriculture organizations supported the “test wells” because subsurface intake is the most environmentally superior technology compared to “open ocean intakes” which significantly harms marine life.