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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 12-14, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 14, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

IID investigates diverting underrun to aid Salton Sea / Imperial Valley Press : “Director Michael Abatti said he does not know why the idea was not pursued earlier. He said if Mexico can deposit its unused water entitlement into the Gulf of California, then the IID should be able to direct its water to the Salton Sea.”

Unused Colorado River water proposed for Salton Sea / The Desert Sun : “IID Director John Paul Menvielle, at the agency’s board meeting Tuesday, proposed diverting some of the unused water to the Salton Sea, where evaporation is leading to exposed dry lake bed, or playa, which can lead to huge dust storms.”

Court rules against Padre Dam to protect Native American remains / East County Magazine : ““The District is reviewing the rulings to determine our next steps. The District continues to believe that we can protect the core area where the vast majority of the remains have been found and also meet the critical needs of our customers with this water storage and delivery project,” a statement released by the district read.”

San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration project nears completion / Ah-Ha Rancho Santa Fe News : “The dredging will help improve water flow between the ocean and river and create friendlier ecosystems for birds and fish, species that have been affected by the San Onofre nuclear power plant, 40 miles north of Del Mar, according to officials.”

State wants water firm to justify rate hikes / SFGate : “”Asking for rate increases as high as 40 percent in this difficult economy is cause for serious concern,” said Joe Como, acting head of the ratepayer division. The rate increases would affect California American-served households in Los Angeles, Monterey, Sacramento, San Diego, Sonoma and Ventura counties.”

Seawall threatens access to beach / Coast News Group : “City staff brought the issue to the council June 9, in light of an October 2009 letter from the state’s department of parks and recreation that said the Beacon’s project was inconsistent with the State Park General Plan.”

Geo-politics2 / Poway Blog : “The June recall election in Poway shifted geo-political power to the north…The change had an impact immediately. The council decided to raise water rates 33% for the lowest water users in order to give a break to the highest water users.”

Water board hamstrung / SignOnSanDiego : “The inability of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board to reach a quorum is starting to hamper business — and the problems are likely to worsen.”

Tide turns green, concerns beachgoers / SignOnSanDiego : “Ocean experts at the Southern California Coastal Observing System, a multi-agency science team, said in an Internet post on Wednesday that “the harmless, green foam that invaded Orange and LA County beaches in late July has extended down to San Diego County.”

Our Opinion: Buoy costs should be shared / Imperial Valley Press : “The total cost of deploying these buoys will be about $500,000. That money will, at least for now, come exclusively from local ratepayers. That hardly seems fair when you consider the canal is owned by the federal government and the San Diego County Water Authority gets more than 57,000 acre-feet of water a year thanks to the newly lined 23-mile portion of the canal.”


LATE UPDATE: IID: no agreement with SDCWA, Reclamation for canal buoy funding / Imperial Valley Press : ““It’s the general manager’s intention to develop a cost-sharing plan and present it to the Bureau of Reclamation and San Diego County Water Authority,” said Kevin Kelley, IID assistant to the general manager. “In the meantime, IID’s moving forward with the installation of these safety features.”


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