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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 2-11, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 12, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

County weighs tighter rural zoning / SignOnSanDiego : “Officials want to tighten zoning rules in most unincorporated areas as part of a revamp of the county’s general land-use plan — an overhaul partly driven by concerns about wildfires, greenhouse-gas emissions and access to water […] The plan hasn’t seen a major update since 1978. It guides development within a 3,570-square-mile area, or more than 80 percent of the county.”

San Diego County water savings score card / SignOnSanDiego : “The regional numbers don’t offer strong trends about which types of districts — urban or rural, large or small, north or south — were most successful in conserving water, said Dana Friehauf, a resource specialist with the water authority.”

Borrego Springs Water District: less water flows in, more money flows out / San Diego Reader : “Engineers predict the aquifer will become desiccated in 50 years. Until then, they fear that declining water levels could degrade water quality and possibly cause the land underneath the golf courses and large developments to subside.”

REGION: Water board rules districts must remove bacteria from discharges to ocean / North County Times : “The city of Escondido, which treats wastewater for itself and parts of Rancho Bernardo, and the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, which handles wastewater for Encinitas, Solana Beach and parts of Rancho Santa Fe, will now have to remove bacteria from water that is now being discharged a mile and a half offshore at Encinitas.”

Soaking up money with Helix Water District pensions [opinion] / SignOnSanDiego : “HWD employees in some cases are able to retire with pensions greater than the salaries they drew while working. If an HWD employee worked 40 years, his pension would be 130 percent of his final year’s salary (100 percent from CalPERS and 30 percent from Social Security). Most financial planners advise that about 75 percent of final salary is enough to maintain lifestyle.”

$3.2 million fluoride system may end up unused / SignOnSanDiego : “…there is no money from the city or any other agency to sustain the program, touted as a way to battle tooth decay in children. That would mean the pipes and tanks would sit empty and unused.”

Water Bills Could Go Up Again In San Diego Next Year / KPBS : “The cost of water in San Diego may go up, again. The proposal is the latest in a series of rate hikes over the past four years and is not without its critics.”

Voice: The Valley needs peace / Imperial Valley Press : “I have been challenging the QSA since 1997, so I’m no newcomer to this complicated situation… In 2002, the Imperial Group and the San Diego County Water Authority both fought against a judicial mediator, leading to a decade of litigation and a painful time for this community.”

San Diego: electric winch system helps plant screen river water / WaterWorld : “The Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant in San Diego, Calif., filters and distributes water to all of San Diego County. When the largest submerged membrane water treatment plant in the world called on the Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles to pipe unfiltered, screened water to the new facility, updating a set of trash racks became a necessity…”

Assignment Earth news story on San Diego seawalls / Shifting Shorelines: Beach Preservation Blog : “Solana Beach and North County are the focus of this excellent piece.”


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