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San Diego begins three-year valve maintenance program to improve water distribution system

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 19, 2014

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City of San Diego to pay $949,634 in storm water settlement

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 15, 2014

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Murray Reservoir Security Upgrades – Notice of Right to Appeal (NORA)

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 11, 2014

The above referenced project was determined to be exempt pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and attached is the Notice of Right to Appeal (NORA), which was posted on the City’s website on June 10, 2014. The NORA has been distributed to the appropriate council district, the recognized community planning group, and to any interested parties (if applicable).

Thank you,

ELIZABETH SHEARER-NGUYEN / SENIOR PLANNER
City of San Diego / Development Services Department / Environmental Analysis Section
1222 First Avenue, MS 501 / San Diego, CA / 92101 / Phone: 619.446.5369 / Fax: 619.446.5499

(Note: if display below is too difficult to read, you can load it into your browser by clicking here: https://navajoplanners.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/murrayreservoirsecuritya2014.pdf)

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On hiatus

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 21, 2014

The weekly San Diego water news roundup is on hiatus until further notice.

Thank you for the private messages of support that many of you have sent me; they are very much appreciated.

George

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San Diego regional water news roundup: Apr 7-13, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 14, 2014

The southern end of El Capitan Reservoir as seen from the old flume grade on the east bank. The 112,806 acre-feet capacity reservoir has a limited ability to receive imported water, has a large watershed, and is primarily used to capture local water.  This mode of operation optimizes local water capture and minimizes spill potential, according to Arian Collins, Public Information Officer for the Public Utilities Dept. The reservoir is now 36% full.

The southern end of El Capitan Reservoir as seen from the old flume grade on the east bank. The 112,806 acre-feet capacity reservoir has a limited ability to receive imported water, has a large watershed, and is primarily used to capture local water. This mode of operation optimizes local water capture and minimizes spill potential, according to Arian Collins, Public Information Officer for the Public Utilities Dept. The reservoir is now 36% full.

 


Water flows to Colorado River Delta / U-T San Diego : “Fresh infusions of water reached a key Colorado River restoration site in Baja California this week as part of a bi-national effort aimed at reviving the river’s few remaining natural areas in Mexico…”

USD students develop clean water to go / U-T San Diego : “In the aftermath of disaster, clean water is first on the list of necessities. So a group of University of San Diego engineering students are building a portable water purification system that can run on solar or human power…”

Lowest water rate increases in decade approved, as Metropolitan board adopts two-year budget / Metropolitan Water District of Southern California : “Looking to strategically invest revenues to enhance long-term financial stability and water reliability, Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors today approved a two-year spending plan that calls for its smallest water rate increases in more than a decade—increases of 1.5 percent over the next two years…”

MWD adopts unnecessary rate increases for 2015 and 2016 while over-collecting $350 million from ratepayers / San Diego County Water Authority : “Officials from the San Diego County Water Authority and several of its 24 member agencies attended Tuesday’s hearing in Los Angeles to defend the region’s ratepayers and urge no water rate increases be adopted. However, despite compelling information that rate increases are unneeded, the MWD board adopted 1.5 percent increases for each of the next two years…”

“Moon Jellies” invade Mission Bay / NBC 7 San Diego : “A jellyfish invasion is taking place in Mission Bay right now as part of a spring ritual in our local waters…”

Water transfer cash flow projected to increase in 2018 / Imperial Valley Press : “The transfer of water from the Imperial Irrigation District to San Diego and the Coachella Valley has netted the IID nearly $85 million over a 10-year period, and is expected to net the district more than $2.7 billion from 2009 through 2047, according to IID projections…”

Flushing out ‘the yuk factor’ of wasted water / U-T San Diego : “The phrase “toilet to tap” is commonly used by critics of a proven process in which sewage water is treated to such high levels that we can drink it. It’s a powerful, if completely deceptive, slogan…”

Tapped-out farmers applaud Escondido’s decision to recycle wastewater / KPBS : “The city of Escondido has approved a plan to spend $285 million to recycle its wastewater…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup: Mar 31-Apr 6, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 7, 2014

Gliding over Black's Beach. The Torrey Pines Gliderport is perched at the top of the cliffs at center of photo.

Gliding over Black’s Beach. The Torrey Pines Gliderport is perched at the top of the cliffs at center of photo.

 


Storms don’t melt drought fears / U-T San Diego : “The snowpack came in at less than a third of normal Tuesday, prompting state and federal water managers to reiterate that they have no immediate plans to turn the tap back on for some of their largest customers, including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California that delivers the vast majority of the San Diego region’s supplies…”

Small avocado groves in peril / U-T San Diego : “Just 10 years ago, there were nearly 30,000 acres of avocado trees growing in such places as Fallbrook, Valley Center, Bonsall and the San Pasqual and Pauma valleys. Today that number has dwindled to between 18,000 and 22,000 acres…”

Video2Drought forces Ensenada to ration water … and it’s only spring / KPBS : “Due to a severe water crisis, many of Ensenada’s 320,000 inhabitants now only get water from their taps two or three times a week. The governor has declared a state of emergency because of the shortage…”

Ensenada confronts water shortage / U-T San Diego : “Here in the sprawling hillside development of Villas del Prado and across Ensenada, residents have been learning to live with rationed water, as the port city of 400,000 residents confronts an unprecedented shortage…”

USD reacts as drought continues / The Vista : “Despite a few scattered showers over the past few months, the drought in California is lingering at record levels. In reaction, the USD [University of San Diego] Office of Sustainability is still trying to reduce water usage on the USD campus…”

Balancing resources / U-T San Diego : “California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird met with the U-T Editorial Board last week to discuss the drought and other water-related topics. Here is an edited transcript of the interview…”

Bill would protect California homeowners association members who reduce water use for landscaping / Associated Press via Los Angeles Daily News : “A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping….”

Rebates make lawn removal attractive / U-T San Diego : “The San Diego County Water Authority offers homeowners up to $3,000 for replacing conventional turf grass with plants more suited to low-impact irrigation and the region’s semiarid climate. Businesses can get up to $9,000…”

Fact check: spiking San Diego’s water supply with recycled water / Voice of San Diego : “Statement: “the city of San Diego’s water reuse project that could supply up to 40 percent of San Diego’s water needs…” Determination: Mostly True…”

Water police take aim at small companies / U-T San Diego : “California’s regulatory tsunami is poised to soak 14,000 mostly small companies in San Diego County that fall under a broad definition of light industry…”

Escondido develops ‘critical’ recycled water project / The Coast News : “The city of Escondido has approved initial plans for new recycled water and potable water reuse systems with the intention of securing a local, drought-proof water source for future generations…”

Water recycling may cost city $285M / U-T San Diego : “The Escondido City Council endorsed a plan Wednesday to spend an estimated $285 million over the next 15 years on infrastructure that would allow the city to transform all its sewage into irrigation water…”

Coronado City Council addresses wastewater rates; priorities for fiscal year 2014-15 / Coronado Eagle & Journal : “According to the city staff report, two of the main wastewater lines, the Cays and the Glorietta are nearing the end of their expected service. Replacing both lines could cost the city’s Wastewater Enterprise Fund an additional $10 million to $20 million…”

Encina Wastewater Authority announces the PureGreen Garden to showcase crops grown with organic nitrogen fertilizer / PRWeb : “Today, the Encina Wastewater Authority (EWA) announced the launch of the test phase of its flagship PureGreen Demonstration Garden. PureGreen fertilizer is manufactured using biosolids – the nutrient rich residual by-product of the wastewater treatment process…”

Arant gives presentation before CWA board / Valley Roadrunner : “Valley Center Municipal Water District general manager Gary Arant gave a presentation about his agency to the San Diego County Water Authority board at the SDCWA’s March 27 meeting. The VCMWD service area of 100 square miles makes it the CWA’s third largest agency, behind the City of San Diego and the Otay Water District, in terms of land…”

The Water Authority misses the mark…again / San Diego Coastkeeper : “…on the adoption of [the San Diego County Water Authority] Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan Update…What seems to have been ignored all together by this plan is the amount of energy it takes to supply water…”

Water district wins transparency award / U-T San Diego : “The Vallecitos Water District’s efforts to operate openly and transparently were honored last month by the Special District Leadership Foundation. The district provides water to 94,000 residents across 45 square miles in San Marcos and portions of Escondido, Carlsbad, Vista and unincorporated areas of the county…”

Lake Hodges reopens to wind surfers / FOX5 San Diego : “Beginning Wednesday, windsurfing is allowed for the general public on Lake Hodges for the first time in a decade…”

California ports watch for unusual water patterns after Chilean quake / Los Angeles Times : “Small tsunami waves and other unusual “water movements” arrived on the California coast Wednesday following an 8.2 earthquake that struck Chile’s northern coast. The first waves to strike California that were connected to Tuesday night’s South American earthquake may have hit La Jolla about 4 a.m….

Accusations plentiful at Rainbow MWD’s first board meeting since FPUD application to LAFCO / Fallbrook Village News : “March 25 was the date of the first Rainbow Municipal Water District board meeting since the Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) submitted an application to San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission to merge FPUD and Rainbow…giving the district 25 days to provide an official response…”

Sewage spill contaminates water at Del Mar Beach / San Diego County News Center : “Beachgoers should stay out of the water in the area near Powerhouse Park in Del Mar after a sewage spill Friday, the County Department of Environmental Health said…”

San Diego beachgoers advised to stay out of water until Saturday due to urban runoff / City News Service via KPBS : “The county’s Department of Environmental Health issued a general advisory to beachgoers to stay out of the water for the next 72 hours due to Wednesday morning’s rainfall…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup: Mar 24-30, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 31, 2014

Part of the City of San Diego's plumbing system: The Dulzura Conduit diverts water from Barrett Reservoir west to Dulzura Creek which leads to the Otay River. The water then flows through the river channel into the Lower Otay Reservoir. An optical effect makes it look like the conduit goes uphill (especially when you click the image for enlargement) but the water is actually flowing away from us by gravity.

Part of the City of San Diego’s plumbing system: The Dulzura Conduit diverts water from Barrett Reservoir west to Dulzura Creek which leads to the Otay River. The water then flows through the river channel into the Lower Otay Reservoir. An optical effect makes it look like the conduit goes uphill (especially when you click the image for enlargement) but the water is actually flowing away from us by gravity.

 


Ensenada declares state of emergency as aquifers dry up / KPBS : “Just like in Southern California, Baja California is facing a serious drought. Ensenada gets all of its water from underground aquifers…”

Video2 Drought continues as San Diego looks at reusable water / KPBS : “San Diego is standing at a crossroads about what to do with its wastewater. That’s the message a San Diego City Council committee will hear from the public utilities department this week…”

Drought battle focuses on homeowner rules, meters / U-T San Diego : “With California in the grips of a prolonged dry spell, state lawmakers are looking to grant members of homeowner associations the freedom to plant drought-resistant landscaping without the fear of fines…”

Helix Water District holding drought workshop / U-T San Diego : “The workshop, set for 5:30 until 7 p.m. April 17 at the district’s operations center in El Cajon, will inform the public and elected officials from jurisdictions around the East County about statewide, regional and local water supply issues and ways to conserve water…”

Water alert on city agenda / Pomerado News : “[Poway] City Council members on Tuesday night are expected to declare a first-level water emergency which will encourage voluntary conservation efforts by residents and business owners. The “Level 1 Water Shortage Watch” resolution is similar to ones being adopted by cities throughout the county…”

Poll: water bond gaining, drought concerns grow / U-T San Diego : “Voters are far more likely to approve a water bond on the November ballot if lawmakers shrink its size, according to a new survey that also found nine out of every 10 Californians say they have taken steps to conserve as the drought drags on…”

Water authority plans look to future / U-T San Diego : “As California grapples with a third year of drought, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously adopted long-term plans that they say will help secure water deliveries for the San Diego region and reduce greenhouse emissions…”

Water Authority adopts master plan update / San Diego Source : “The San Diego County Water Authority certified on Thursday the environmental report for its master plan update, laying a 20-year groundwork for infrastructure investments to meet the needs of its member agencies…”

Board adopts long-term plans for water facilities and reducing greenhouse gas emissions / San Diego County Water Authority : “The centerpiece of the documents approved Thursday is the 2013 Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan Update. It incorporates projections for future water demands and water supplies from the agency’s current Urban Water Management Plan, and it identifies the facilities needed to meet those demands…”

Environmental groups criticize focus of regional water plan / Times of San Diego : “A coalition of environmental groups Wednesday called on the San Diego County Water Authority to change its regional water supply plan to increase conservation and recycling, and reduce spending on new infrastructure…”

San Diego County Water Authority wants all residents to pay for costly desalination—even if their city doesn’t buy it / San Diego Coastkeeper : “The Water Authority is putting desalinated water on the backs of all residents including City of San Diego residents and their wallets, despite the fact that the City of San Diego is developing its own local supply that could eliminate the need to draw on costly desalinated water…”

Increased Colorado River water flows expected / Imperial Valley Press : “Beginning this month, U.S. and Mexico officials will release 105,000 acre-feet of water over an eight-week period. They hope that this pulse of water will be enough to mimic the effects of spring runoff, something that has not happened in decades…”

Water surge to restore Colorado River delta / U-T San Diego : ” An unprecedented cross-border delivery of water from the Colorado River earmarked for environmental purposes is being sent to Mexico as part of a binational effort to restore some of the last remaining wetlands in this parched but biologically important region…”

Video2 Colorado River begins flooding Mexican delta / KPBS : “Colorado River water has begun pouring over a barren delta in northwest Mexico, the result of a landmark agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that is being celebrated Thursday. The gush of water in Mexico is an effort to revive the last 70-mile stretch of the river into the Sea of Cortez…”

Water, wildlife surge back into once-parched Colorado River delta / Los Angeles Times : “A joint U.S.-Mexican project at the Morelos Dam, which sits on the international border, seeks to revitalize the environment with an imitation of a spring flood…”

Rancho Santa Fe water agency protests proposed Metropolitan rate hikes / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “The Santa Fe Irrigation District has joined forces with other water agencies and civic groups in San Diego County to protest proposed rate increases by the Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s water wholesaler…”

Sen. Boxer urges collaboration on water policy / Imperial Valley Press : “Rejecting what she called a “zero-sum” game that pits agricultural communities against urban areas, Sen. Barbara Boxer called on all water users on Thursday to work together to ensure everyone’s needs are met…”

Reuse in San Diego moves forward / Desalination.com : “After more than 20 years of planning studies and millions of dollars spent on pilot and demo plants, the City of San Diego is finally taking the first steps towards implementing a potable reuse program…”

Video2 A tsunami could ‘knock the heck out of the San Diego shoreline’ / KGTV ABC10 San Diego : “It’s tsunami preparedness week, and San Diegans will soon find out if they’re vulnerable. For the first time, the County Office of Emergency Services says they have pinpointed which specific addresses, homes and businesses could be at risk…”

Contest to reward waterwise homeowners / The Coast News : “ENCINITAS — Olivenhain Municipal Water District is inviting customers that have replaced turf with more climate-appropriate landscape materials to participate in the 2014 California-Friendly Landscape Contest…”

City’s water-treatment options carry high price tag / U-T San Diego : “Pricey water and sewer projects may soon be on tap in Oceanside. The reason is the aging and deteriorating La Salina Wastewater Treatment Plant, which sits about two blocks from the beach in south Oceanside…”

Water main breaks in Rancho Bernardo / Pomerado News : “A break along an 8-inch diameter concrete water main at 11900 Paseo Lucido was reported around 1:30 p.m. March 24. A city crew was able to shut off the water around 3 p.m…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup: Mar 17-23, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 24, 2014

"Water of the Woods" at the southwest end of Big Laguna Meadow (altitude around 5500 ft.) in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, a 1 or 2 hour hike (each way) from Sunrise Highway, depending which trailhead you choose. This picture was taken just a few days ago (click image for enlargement).

“Water of the Woods” at the southwest end of Big Laguna Meadow (altitude around 5500 ft.) in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, a 1 or 2 hour hike (each way) from Sunrise Highway, depending which trailhead you choose. This picture was taken just a few days ago (click image for enlargement).

 


Otay Water asks customers to conserve / U-T San Diego : “In response to the continuing statewide drought, Otay Water District’s Board of Directors last Friday declared a Level 1 – Supply Watch Condition in which a 10 percent reduction of water use is requested…”

Carlsbad flower fields are “drought proof / NBC 7 San Diego : “Locals know when spring has arrived in San Diego by the sight of all the blooms along Interstate 5 in the North County. With the state of California in the middle of a devastating drought, some visitors may wonder how the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch can afford such a display of color…”

East County water well shows high levels of uranium / KGTV ABC10 San Diego : “DESCANSO – People living in part of East County are concerned that their water supply is showing troubling levels of radioactivity…”

FPUD asks LAFCO for consolidation; will seek another JPA partner / The Fallbrook Village News : “Despite the wishes of the Rainbow Municipal Water District board not to continue with plans to merge Rainbow and the Fallbrook Public Utility District, the FPUD board has submitted an application for the merger to San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission…”

Auditor asks San Diego Police to investigate possible misuse of city funds / City News Service via KPBS : “Auditors found that the unnamed worker at the Public Utility Department’s Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Warehouse used city funds between March 2008 and November 2012 to buy more than $182,000 in vehicle batteries…”

Carlsbad water supply in good shape despite drought / The Coast News : “After two consecutive dry years and a third underway, concerns about mandatory water supplies and cutbacks have swelled. But for the Carlsbad Municipal Water District, the outlook for 2014 isn’t that dire…”

No showers bring no spring wildflowers / U-T San Diego : “Right around spring equinox, Jon Rebman, curator of botany for the San Diego Natural History Museum usually puts on his hiking boots and heads for the hills to search for wildflowers. But not this year…”

As land development gains ground, stormwater practices encounter increased scrutiny / San Diego Source : “The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) recently implemented…requirements that expose developers to complex administrative responsibilities including intensive recordkeeping, reporting and proactive measures to protect environmentally sensitive watershed locations…”

Agency approaches to water conservation not one-size-fits-all / San Diego Source : “As the drought persists, it’s becoming clear that while there are a number of ways San Diego County water agencies could facilitate conservation, each will determine what works for its customers…”

What a retrofit mandate might cost a San Diego homeowner / Voice of San Diego : “San Diego homes need to have water-conserving toilets, shower heads and faucets before they can be sold. That’s part of the city’s Plumbing Retrofit Upon Re-Sale Ordinance…”

Stop water leaks quickly to limit losses / U-T San Diego : “Eight percent of the water used in a typical single-family California home is wasted due to leaks, according to a 2011 study. Look for leaks once a month to catch them quickly…”

Fitch rates San Diego County Water Authority, CA’s $110M CP notes, Ser 8 ‘F1′ / Fort Mill Times : “Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of ‘F1′ to the $110,000,000 San Diego County Water Authority (the authority) commercial paper (CP) notes, Series 8 (the notes). The rating is based on the support provided by a liquidity facility issued in the form of a revolving credit and term loan agreement…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup: Mar 10-16, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 17, 2014

Sweetwater Dam holds back runoff from the Sweetwater River watershed which begins near the Green Valley Falls area in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Sweetwater Dam holds back runoff from the Sweetwater River watershed which begins near the Green Valley Falls area in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

 


Drought alert: the picture tells the story at local reservoirs / KFMB Channel 8 : “The rain has come and gone, but California is still in a drought. Now we’re getting a look at the effects it’s having on local reservoir levels…”

How California’s drought affects the country’s supply of fruits and vegetables / Los Angeles Times : “Having to take shorter showers and conserve water isn’t the only thing we’ll need to worry about with the drought currently plaguing California. The lack of water will also have an effect on the availability and price of the fruits and vegetables we eat every day, if it hasn’t already…”

California drought’s impact on beer? Well it is 90 percent water / KGTV ABC10 San Diego : “…with 90 percent or more of beer being made up of water, California’s drought could mean a change in how San Diego’s booming craft brewery industry operates….”

New study predicts fewer rainy days in CA’s future / KPCC : “It’s drier days ahead for California, according to a new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The researchers used a new way of analyzing computer models to predict rain levels across the globe…”

San Diego diversifies water supplies, but increases reliance on Colorado River / KPBS : “The majority of San Diego County’s water supply comes from the Colorado River. It keeps our faucets running and landscapes green and it makes quite a trek to get here…”

Cut swimming pool’s water loss / U-T San Diego : “While pools can be great aquatic playgrounds, they also can drain a lot of water if owners aren’t careful. Each situation is different, but the California Urban Water Conservation Council provides several strategies to consider…”

San Diego water managers target grass lawns for water conservation / KPBS : “You can find a green ribbon of grass in most San Diego yards. The thirsty transplant is a staple of Southern California landscaping. It is mowed, manicured, imitated and — most significantly — watered…”

If you weren’t already conserving water, Saturday is good time to start / U-T San Diego : “When the big regional pipeline beneath Fallbrook runs dry for routine maintenance on Saturday, the town may be cut off from imported water supplies for as many as 13 days…”

Fix a Leak Week, March 17-23 / San Diego County Water Authority : “While household water leaks may not seem like a big deal, they waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide, equivalent to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which sponsors national Fix a Leak Week, March 17-23…”

Group balks at SDG&E water use / U-T San Diego : “An East County activist group has filed a complaint against San Diego Gas & Electric Co., urging state regulators to suspend a water permit issued for a major substation project…”

Water release may revive Colorado River Delta / Imperial Valley Press : “Beginning March 23, U.S. and Mexican officials will release more than 105,000 acre-feet of water through the last dam on the Colorado River over an eight-week period…”

For Imperial Valley farmers, abundant water amid drought / Los Angeles Times : “While some areas of California face supply cutbacks because of the drought, the Imperial Valley has all the water it can use, thanks to senior rights on the Colorado River established decades ago…”

Water Authority prevails in public records lawsuit against Eastern Municipal Water District / San Diego County Water Authority : “A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ruled that a Public Records Act lawsuit brought by the San Diego County Water Authority against the Eastern Municipal Water District compelled the Riverside water agency to release records and that it must conduct an additional search for records responsive to the Water Authority’s request…”

FPUD board requests LAFCO expedite merger with Rainbow; wants RMWD dissolved / Fallbrook Village News : “After a year of working with Rainbow Municipal Water District toward a cost-saving merger, which fell apart last week when Rainbow board members asked to withdraw, the Fallbrook Public Utility District’s board of directors voted yesterday to request that LAFCO move forward and promptly merge the two districts anyway…”

San Diego County Water Authority launches new website to show what it says is overcharging by Metropolitan Water District / San Diego 6 : “LA’s Metropolitan Water District sells water to districts stretching from Ventura to San Diego, and the San Diego Water Authority contends they are overcharging every single one of them. The water authority has launched a new website took that they say is a good way for consumers to get educated and to fight back…”

New UC San Diego biosensor will guard water supplies from toxic threats / HispanicBusiness.com : “Supported by a $953,958 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), researchers at the University of California San Diego will develop a sophisticated new biosensor that can protect the nation’s water supplies from a wide range of toxins, including heavy metals and other poisons…”

Help improve our water quality: submit your water project ideas by March 28 / East County Magazine : “The County of San Diego needs your help in identifying potential storm water quality improvement projects. Recently adopted regulations require that the County identify and pursue a variety of on-the-ground projects to improve regional storm water quality…”

Kris McFadden to head San Diego Transportation & Storm Water Department / San Diego Source : “The administration of newly elected San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer continues taking shape as he announced on Tuesday that Kris McFadden would direct the city’s Transportation & Storm Water Department…”

Fitch Affirms public facilities fin auth of San Diego, CA wastewater revs at ‘AA'; outlook stable / Fort Mill Times : “Debt levels are likely to increase ultimately (and possibly during the forecast period) through either the movement of Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant (PLWTP) to full secondary treatment or the reduction of flows to PLWTP through the construction of a full-scale indirect potable reuse (IPR) project…”

Crews working to repair water main break in Park West / KFMB Channel 8 : “Several customers are without water in the Park West area after a water main break…”


Runoff regulations needed for San Diego’s waters / U-T San Diego : A recent U-T San Diego editorial (“Unnecessary rules, at $4 billion cost,” Feb. 24) complained about the “ridiculousness” of stormwater runoff requirements adopted last May by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. However, the problem of water pollution is no laughing matter…”

Water and the mother’s milk of politics / San Diego Reader : “As drought ravages California and other parts of the West, the political giving habits of the state’s private water merchants and brokers are coming under increasing scrutiny. One is La Jolla–based Pico Holdings on Ivanhoe Street, a publically traded firm that owns the Vidler Water Company…”

Old Coach Estates water availability on Poway council agenda / Pomerado News : “The availability of city water to properties in the Old Coach Estates luxury development is expected to occupy much of Tuesday night’s Poway City Council meeting…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup: Mar 3-9, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 10, 2014

There's actually some running water in Pine Creek (barely visible at bottom right if you click to enlarge). This is along the Secret Canyon Trail near Pine Valley. That's Interstate 8 above.

There’s actually some running water in Pine Creek (barely visible at bottom right if you click to enlarge). This is along the Secret Canyon Trail near Pine Valley. That’s Interstate 8 above.

 


Drought brings attention to Bay Delta Conservation Plan / San Diego Source : “…[E]ffects on San Diego ratepayers is one of many points of inquiry that Cushman said the Water Authority has raised with the BDCP program during the public comment period open through June 14. The Water Authority also questions the transparency of the program”

Where local drought money goes / U-T San Diego : “North County avocado farmers irrigating their groves with all recycled water…dozens of homeowners cashing rebate checks in return for tearing out thirsty lawns…Those are but a few of the potential benefits from ongoing local programs in line for a shot of about $10 million in fresh cash coming from a recently signed statewide drought relief package…”

Drought threatens wildlife, ecosystems / U-T San Diego : “Welcome storms that just swept across the state will certainly provide some respite, but more are desperately needed. California’s persistent drought threatens to take a heavy toll on the environment as well as the economy…”

Del Mar residents encouraged to increase water conservation / Del Mar Times : “Del Mar residents are doing a great job limiting water use, but the San Diego County Water Authority is asking ratepayers to conserve even more to help spare supplies during the ongoing drought…”

Lake Morena reservoir is 4 percent full and will stay that way / KPBS : ““We intend to essentially run the lake at about this current level as long as we possibly can so we can capture and use the local runoff to the benefit of our ratepayers,” said Brent Eidson, the external affairs deputy director for the city’s public utilities department…”

Water conservation’s other benefit: It’s a power saver / Los Angeles Times : “The energy needed to move agricultural water exceeds the electricity used by everyone in San Diego. Our conservation efforts, even the tiniest ones, have a second overlooked benefit: They also save energy…”

San Diego soaks up water savings following storm [including video] / KPBS : “The much-needed precipitation moistened vegetation and gave a little boost to reservoir storage, but the biggest benefit will be the water savings this week from residents turning off their sprinklers…”

Santa Fe Irrigation District asks Solana Beach customers to limit water use / Del Mar Times : “The district — which serves customers in Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch — declared a Level 1 Water Shortage and called for voluntary water conservation during its Feb. 20 board meeting…”

Salton Sea gets boost from collaboration agreement / Association of California Water Agencies : “Officials say the agreement is a key step forward on the path to finding a long-term restoration plan for the Salton Sea that works for the local community and state and federal agencies…”

Salton Sea: Riverside County wants money for restoration / The Press-Enterprise : “Riverside County officials want to see language in a water bill preserved that could help the Salton Sea get millions of dollars for restoration…”

Obama budget includes $200,000 for Salton Sea / mydesert.com : “The Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress seeks a fraction of the $1 million that two local congressmen had sought for a Salton Sea restoration project…”

Colorado River delta to receive infusion of water / U-T San Diego : “The United States and Mexico plan to collaborate this month on a pilot project aimed at restoring wetlands in the Colorado River delta in Baja California through a one-time high-volume delivery of river water, a move hailed as historic by environmental groups on both sides of the border…”

Padre Dam representative joins Colorado River board / U-T San Diego : “Doug Wilson, a Padre Dam Municipal Water District board member, has been appointed by the San Diego County Water Authority to serve on the Colorado River Board…”

Tentative rulings on attorney fees in QSA lawsuits issued / Imperial Valley Press : “A judge has issued tentative rulings on motions for attorney fees in the coordinated Quantification Settlement Agreement lawsuits. If the ruling stands, San Diego County Water Authority’s motion for nearly $97,000 against the County of Imperial and Imperial County Air Pollution Control District will be granted…”

San Diego Coastkeeper welcomes Glen Schmidt to board of directors / San Diego Coastkeeper : “San Diego Coastkeeper announces the addition of Glen Schmidt to its board of directors. Schmidt brings substantial experience in high profile roles in water conservation and stormwater policy…”

Fallbrook/Rainbow water merger falls apart / U-T San Diego : “The planned merger of the water districts that serve Fallbrook and Rainbow has fallen apart after board members for the two agencies couldn’t agree on how to structure district elections going forward…”

Closure lifted for south county beaches / Imperial Beach Patch : “Testing confirms water quality in Imperial Beach, Silver Strand, and Coronado meets State health standards following recent Tijuana River flows. The water contact closure for the ocean shoreline at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park remains in effect…”

 

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