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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 1-5, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 6, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Superyacht-ready facility still waits for water board approval / The Log : “It took a fleet of tugboats to bring a massive drydock through San Diego Bay to its new home at Knight & Carver YachtCenter. But the new facility designed to lift vessels weighing up 4,000 tons — allowing full service and maintenance repairs on superyachts larger than 100 feet in length — now sits unused, waiting for the San Diego Regional Water Quality Board to approve its operation. The problem? Lack of a quorum, which has resulted in cancellation of board meetings.”

State lawmakers create sea council / : “State Sen. Denise Ducheny’s bill to create the Salton Sea Restoration Council passed the state Assembly on a 51-25 vote on Tuesday, the last day of the legislative session. It then passed the state Senate 26-4.”

A vision for San Diego’s waterfront? / KPBS : “The Port District is fighting to break ground on a project to upgrade and beautify the North Embarcadero. But citizen activists have blocked the plan, saying it short changes the public with mediocre improvements. The California Coastal Commission has refused to approve the so called North Embarcadero Visionary Plan and so here we are – stuck in limbo.”

Water main break in Pacific Beach / San Diego 6 : “An old cast-iron pipe is the culprit. City crews say the pipe burst, sending water into the street. Arian Collins with the City Public Utilities said, “The cast iron water main are the biggest problem, because they are old and corroded.”

Repairs delayed for broken downtown water main / 10News : “Repairs of a broken water main next to the downtown jail were delayed Friday when utility crews dug down to old railroad tracks.”

Dead zones a coastal threat / SignOnSanDiego : “Dead zones increased dramatically in U.S. waters over the past 50 years, threatening ecosystems and fisheries nationwide, according to a sweeping report Friday by the federal Office of Science and Technology Policy…A dead zone in San Diego Bay, first documented in the 1980s, was part of the analysis.”

Cascading water main breaks in PB / NBC San Diego : “Beach town biz owners are frustrated after a second break in less than 12 hours.”

Water: a California story at San Diego Natural History Museum / Upcoming Events & Things To Do : “Examine the infrastructure of the regional water system, and discover how we import the majority of our water and the costs associated with this practice. ‘Water: A California Story’ also looks at effects of a changing climate on our region’s water supply and reveals how southern Californians can help protect water for future generations. [through Nov 10]”

SAN MARCOS: Water board postpones developer’s claim / North County Times : “Hitzke Development, which built the affordable housing complex Autumn Terrace in central San Marcos near the intersection of Twin Oaks Valley Road and San Marcos Boulevard, had asked the water district last month to pay back $440,000 for a sewer main the developer built as part of the project. The board postponed the item last month after its staff recommended denying the claim, and voted 3-2 this week to put off a decision for two more weeks.”

Pipeline repair causes power outage in Rancho Monserate community / Fallbrook Village News : “On Saturday, September 4, at about 5 p.m., a contractor working on a leaking sewer pipe accidentally severed an unmarked buried power line providing electrical service to the Rancho Monserate community […] Ramon Zuniga, who runs the wastewater system for RMWD said that the District will use a pumper truck to haul sewage around the pump station until crews can complete the repairs after the weekend.”


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