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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 22-26, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 27, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Imperial Irrigation District to hear Quantification Settlement Agreement update, news on increased budget from San Diego County Water Authority transfer / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District could see an increase of $391 million in its budget between 2009 and 2047 during the next 38 years due to a 2009 price agreement with San Diego County Water Authority.”

The cost of the Quantification Settlement Agreement: Imperial County governments spend millions in legal battles / Imperial Valley Press : “Nearly $12 million has been spent by local government agencies fighting for and against the Quantification Settlement Agreement. The QSA is a group of agreements whereby water is transferred to San Diego and Coachella valleys.”

Water district to restore historical ranch house / North County Times : “The [Vista Irrigation] water district, which provides drinking water to Vista and portions of San Marcos, Escondido, Oceanside and some unincorporated areas, bought the ranch house and 43,000 acres of land in 1946 to gain access to Lake Henshaw…Some of the board members were hesitant to shell out for a project that doesn’t address the district’s key mission —- getting water to the district’s customers.”

Environment is new port commissioner’s priority / SignOnSanDiego : “Imperial Beach’s new representative on the San Diego Port Commission says his focus will be on the environment. Improving water quality is among his priorities.”

What are the unique challenges faced by a river that runs through a city? / KPBS : “It might surprise you to learn that the San Diego River spans 52 miles from the mountains of Julian to the Pacific Ocean. We’ll speak to San Diego River Park Foundation Executive Director Rob Hutsel about what the organization is doing to preserve the ecosystem of the San Diego River.”

WATER: Hold the spending, Water Authority says / North County Times : “As water costs soar, the San Diego County Water Authority is urging its main supplier, Metropolitan Water District, to reconsider a plan to spend more on additional water supplies.”

A million gallons of water lost in SDSU water main break / SignOnSanDiego : “The water that continuously recirculates through the cooling systems spilled into the storm drains, Block said. That water was replaced through the City of San Diego’s water main. “We’re connected to the city’s water main, so we just turned it on and filled it back up,” Block said.”

EPA targets sewage dumping off coast / SignOnSanDiego : “Federal pollution regulators on Wednesday unveiled a new rule that they said will prohibit more than 20 million gallons of sewage each year from being dumped in California waters. San Diego Bay, Oceanside Harbor, Mission Bay and six other discreet sections of the California coast have been protected as no-discharge zones for years but it takes federal action to apply a ban statewide.”

Stormwater: waste or resource? / TriplePundit : “As a result of a growing recognition of the stormwater problem in California, regular, but still limited, monitoring is now done. A toxicity survey in 1997 found that all San Diego stormwater samples tested with a bioassay were biotoxic, even though they rarely exceeded standards for key pollutants.”

Quantification Settlement Agreement appeal could be decided by 2011, IID attorney says / Imperial Valley Press : “The QSA was formally invalidated in February but a stay, granted in May, allows the transfer to continue during the appeals process. The appeals process will begin before the California 3rd District Court of Appeals on Sept. 27 with a decision expected in the second quarter of 2011…”


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