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San Diego regional water news roundup July 14-18, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 18, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Beach may have a scoop / SignOnSanDiego“A plan to bring 300,000 cubic yards of sand to Imperial Beach’s shore may be back on track.”

Jamacha pipeline nearing completion / East County Magazine“When finished, the 5.1-mile water pipeline will run from Rancho San Diego to El Cajon.”

Doubts raised on power plant shutdown / SignOnSanDiego“Chula Vista Port Commissioner Steve Padilla foresees a potential train wreck between the California Independent System Operator and the state Water Resources Control Board over plans to shut down the unsightly South Bay Power Plant.”

Conserve to stretch water supply / SignOnSanDiego“San Diego County residents actually are the state’s MVPs of water conservation. Research shows that San Diegans understand that the state has an ongoing water supply problem and that solving this problem is important to the state’s overall success. Furthermore, San Diego County residents have done an excellent job of cutting back on their water usage. Urban water use in the region between July 2009 and April was down 15 percent compared to the same period a year ago, and about 18 percent compared to the same period two years ago.”

Otay Water District project budget decreased; costs a factor / San Diego Source“The Otay Water District will spend about $8.8 million less on infrastructure projects this fiscal year than the previous year. The district’s updated capital improvement program budget, which went into effect July 1, indicates approximately 18 projects either in planning, design and construction totaling $28.5 million during the 2011 fiscal year.”

Developers urge water district to redo fees / North County Times“More than a dozen developers urged the Vallecitos Water District this week to develop a more equitable system for charging water fees the district requires for new housing and commercial developments…The district doesn’t have an accurate system for calculating water use in mixed commercial and residential projects…the district also doesn’t have a process for reimbursing developers for infrastructure improvements that wind up serving customers in later developments as well.”

Water rules drying out La Jolla medians / La Jolla Light“Water restrictions are challenging Bird Rock’s ability to maintain landscaped medians along La Jolla Boulevard. Dave Kirkwood, manager for Brewer Landscape, the contractor hired by Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) to maintain its median landscaping, cautioned last week that there would be noticeable effects from the city’s regulations.”

All-American lining wins honors / Imperial Valley Press“The Imperial Irrigation District’s All-American Canal Lining Project has been named one of the Public Works Projects of the Year by the American Public Works Association. The project’s managing agencies, IID and the San Diego County Water Authority…will be presented with the award during APWA’s 2010 International Congress and Exposition in Boston in mid-August.”

Plus, from San Diego Union-Tribune’s Sunday Dialog section, editorial and commentary on the dispute about a reservoir for the Padre Dam Municipal Water District that might disturb an ancient Indian burial ground. Editorial: Burial site or water tank?; Commentary, for: Tribe shouldn’t be able to arbitrarily change the rules; Commentary, against: Sacred Native American site must be protected.

 

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