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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 7-11, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 12, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

6K gallons of sewage spills into Fallbrook drain / 10News : “The spill at 504 E Alvarado St. was caused by rags that clogged the main sewage pipeline, said Kyle Drake, a foreman with the Fallbrook Public Utility District.”

Local view: something’s fishy in the river / North County Times : “The federal government, with the help of the California Department of Fish and Game, is trying to wrest control of the San Luis Rey River watershed from local water districts, and all of us who depend on its groundwater. And right now, they are winning.”

Local view: water district right on drought move / North County Times : “Four out of five board members, following the board’s previously adopted drought ordinance, agreed that the district should remain at Level 2, rather than returning to Level 1, for several important reasons. By staying at Level 2, SDWD is sending the correct message to its customers.”

Water authority bullies homeowner / KUSI : “The Water Authority says big trees on the easements of their aqueducts are a safety issue because they could prevent access in an emergency. What happened here stinks to high heaven. And it smells like one thing… it smells like retaliation!”

Port awards pact to restore 280 coastal wetlands acres / SignOnSanDiego : “The Port of San Diego’s Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to award a $1.3 million contract to Marathon Construction Corp. of Lakeside for the Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve Restoration and Enhancement Project.”

Park project is part of stormwater renaissance / SignOnSanDiego : “The pilot project is designed to capture rainwater from a nearby parking lot, remove some contaminants and hold it in an underground basin so it can infiltrate the soil rather than rushing into nearby Chollas Creek — one of the most-polluted waterways in the county. It’s the first project of its kind by the city, and it’s among several efforts sprouting countywide.”

City ignores their own water rules / KUSI : “Some City Heights residents contacted KUSI’s Michael Turko when they spotted a big violation of San Diego’s strict water conservation rules. They tell Turko they called the city about a lawn watering problem, but it got them nowhere!”

WATER: Regional agency’s alternative supply plan could further boost consumer bills / North County Times : “The agency in charge of supplying water to the Southern California region said it has plans to tack on more customer charges as it looks to boost alternative supplies as a hedge against unexpected disruptions or lingering droughts that pinch off supplies.”

Imperial Irrigation District board votes to fund All-American Canal buoys / Imperial Valley Press : “Previously, IID officials said the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the canal, and the San Diego County Water Authority, which benefits from the lined portion’s conserved water, should pay for the buoys. But IID has been unsuccessful in securing funding from either source.”

County OKs 417 homes on Montecito Ranch / Ramona Sentinel : “The only controversy was whether to approve a major use permit for an on-site wastewater reclamation plant or to require sewer connection to the Ramona Municipal Water District, which will be providing water to the project. County staff recommended denial of that permit, the county Planning Commission recommended approval, and the county supervisors approved the permit, noting that approval does not preclude a future decision to connect to the Ramona district.”

Ratepayer group challenges water rates / SignOnSanDiego : “The Division of Ratepayer Advocates, an independent consumer advocacy division of the California Public Utilities Commission, said Wednesday that it had formally challenged “massive” rate increases proposed by California American Water Co., an investor-owned utility. The company serves roughly 21,000 homes in Coronado, Imperial Beach, south Chula Vista and parts of south San Diego.”

Water official: Desal plant one more supply option / San Diego Source : “The push for water desalination plants in Southern California — and a facility being contemplated near Camp Pendleton — were topics of discussion at a luncheon held Wednesday by the Society of American Military Engineers.”


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