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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 19-21, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 22, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Note: I’ll be out of town all week on a water facilities field trip. I expect to find time to do a mid-week news roundup and perhaps post a few quick pictures, but that’ll be about it for this week.

Drinking water into the Salton Sea? Not likely / Desert Sun : “And the latest proposal from the Imperial Irrigation District to send some of its leftover 235,000 acre-feet of Colorado River allotment into the state’s largest lake is not a solution either.”

Meeting to focus on in-water hull cleaning / The News : “San Diego Unified Port District has scheduled a pair of public outreach meetings, in hopes of discovering the best way to deal with water pollution that is said to be caused by hull-cleaning divers. The port and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board believe divers who scrub algae and other growth off boat bottoms are the chief source of copper pollution in San Diego Bay.”

Ramona sewage treatment plant lacks capacity for heavy rain / SignOnSanDiego : “The rural community of Ramona has grown by several thousand residents over the years, but the County Board of Supervisors and some Ramona residents have said development, such as the 417-home Montecito Ranch project, has been stunted because of inadequate sewage treatment capacity, among other infrastructure problems.”

San Diego’s IPR demonstration project now has web page / Desalination & Water Reuse : “The City of San Diego, which could be the first city in the USA to use indirect potable water reuse for drinking water, has updated the reuse information on its website and added a page for the renamed Water Purification Demonstration Project.”

San Diego to test alternative water source / San Diego News Room : “At the Pacific Beach Town Council (PBTC) meeting on Aug. 18., Amy Dorman, a senior engineer in the Long-Range Planning and Water Resources Division of the Public Utilities Department for the city of San Diego, presented a wastewater purification process the city is studying for possible future use.”

Picture and a thousand words / : “If the Salton Sea is a jolt to the senses in the desert environment, it has an equally disturbing effect on politics and the economic future of many in troubled California.”

Water management course gaining popularity / San Diego Source : “A water management certification program, run by the San Diego chapter of the California Landscape Contractor’s Association, is making experts out of some local landscape contractors.”

Boating community offers input for hull cleaning activities in San Diego Bay / Port of San Diego : “Members of the boating community, including divers and marina operators, shared their insights and concerns during a public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, over how best to reduce the amount of copper in San Diego Bay…The Port is under a regulatory order by the State Water Quality Control Board and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board to reduce the amount of copper in San Diego Bay over the next several years.”

Helix Water District raises rates in contentious hearing / East County Magazine : ““Get used to it. We’re going to pay more each year,” Helix Water District Board member John Linden told the audience, shortly before the board voted 3-2 to raise the three-tiered rate structure an average of 8% more starting in November. Last year rates increased 21+%.”

Hoover Dam never had ability to solve all Colorado River conflicts / Arizona Republic : “The promise of abundant water and power took the brakes off the growth of Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and many other Western cities…Yet the world Hoover Dam made is now facing the era of limits.”


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