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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 17-22, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 23, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

South Bay held hostage to an eyesore / SignOnSanDiego : ” In San Diego Bay, on an otherwise elegant, peaceful shoreline dotted with open space, more than 2,000 acres of national wildlife refuges and sensitive wetlands, sits a hulking eyesore. The South Bay Power Plant has dominated the bayfront of Chula Vista since 1960.”

San Diego Coastkeeper® wins grant to save the Colorado River / GLTNewsNow : “The donation will help Coastkeeper advocate for and educate the public about waste water recycling—called indirect potable reuse—a reliable and safe way to diversify the region’s dwindling imported water supply.”

San Diego says water rate inequity could get worse / SignOnSanDiego : “San Diego County water officials say residents here are subsidizing rates in the rest of Southern California — an inequity that could be made far worse under plans being devised in Los Angeles for the region’s future.”

Yes, water rate hike, bonuses are linked / SignOnSanDiego : “On Nov. 15, the City Council will hold a public hearing on the latest rate hike of 5 percent. If the hike is adopted without the council first taking decisive steps toward ending the city’s indefensible water bonus program, outrage should ensue.”

Managed marsh flourishes 10 months later / Imperial Valley Press : “The marsh, which is considered phase one, cost $2.5 million, and the cost was divided among the IID, San Diego County Water Authority and the Coachella Valley Water District. If the QSA continues, the three agencies will fund phase two in 2014 and phase three in 2019.”

Fewer wells being drilled, despite increased interest / SignOnSanDiego : “Drilling for groundwater has decreased over the past decade in San Diego County and statewide, but the reason isn’t a lack of desire to pursue the valuable resource…“In San Diego, there’s not much groundwater.””

POWAY: Council expected to approve contract for creek work / North County Times : “The City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve an $80,483 contract with an engineering firm that would identify potential ways to permanently reinforce a section of Rattlesnake Creek’s banks that collapsed last winter.”

[QSA news] IID GM says water will be sent to the Salton Sea / KXO Radio : “…the District will send 76,250 Acre feet to the sea this year to mitigate impacts through the first six months of 2012 caused by water transfer agreements authorized by the Quantification Settlement Agreement with the San Diego County Water Authority and the Coachella Valley Water District.”

IID to send additional 41,250 acre-feet of water to Salton Sea in 2010 / Imperial Valley Press : “IID will already send 35,000 acre-feet of water to the Salton Sea through the Quantification Settlement Agreement water transfer. The additional 41,250 acre-feet of water will come from IID’s 215,000 acre-foot under-run — entitlement water it does not consume.”

Former water-quality chief ‘totally committed’ / SignOnSanDiego : “Ladin Delaney’s title wasn’t Guardian of San Diego’s Water, but it could have been. As a staff engineer and later chief of the area’s top water-quality agency, Mr. Delaney devoted himself to protecting the ocean, bays, coastal lagoons, reservoirs and creeks throughout San Diego County and parts of Orange and Riverside counties.”

Mission Bay Channel dredging finally begins / The Log : “Work has finally begun on a $5.4 million project to dredge Mission Bay Channel. The channel has not been dredged since 1984 and so much sand shoaled up between the jetties that breaking waves posed a hazard to recreational boaters.”

San Diego explained: cross-border sewage / Voice of San Diego : “As the winter rainy season draws closer, so does the annual flushing of tons of litter and sewage from Tijuana’s streets into the Pacific Ocean. Our latest San Diego Explained in partnership with NBC7/39 examines the causes and effects of the pollution.”

Water agencies spar about water release into the Salton Sea / The Desert Sun : “Imperial Irrigation District announced this week that it would release water into the Salton Sea ahead of schedule. But the plans have come under fire from a Southland water agency that receives IID’s unused water.”

Editorial: A More Sensible Move to Prevent Copper Pollution / The Log : “As the Port of San Diego works on a plan to reduce the amount of copper polluting San Diego’s Shelter Island Yacht Basin by regulating hull-scrubbing divers, State Sen. Christine Kehoe may have a better solution: a California Senate bill now on the governor’s desk that would ban copper from automotive brake pads.”


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