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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 22-25, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 26, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Water storage deal will benefit Inland’s supply / Press-Enterprise : “Two of the state’s water giants are gearing up for a first-of-its-kind exchange that will bolster Southern California’s supplies, increase levels at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet and keep Central Valley farmers from losing their reserves.”

Local sewer, water lines undergo $30M upgrade / : “More than 12 miles of decades-old concrete sewer pipes and about 10 miles of fragile, deteriorating cast-iron water pipes in Point Loma are being targeted by a $30 million replacement project by the city.”

Port, federal agencies celebrate start of major restoration of South San Diego Bay / Port of San Diego : “The Port of San Diego has officially started its largest environmental project that, when completed, will result in improved fish and wildlife habitat in more than 280 acres in South San Diego Bay.”

Saving threatened habitat means more jobs for San Diegans / KPBS : “Work started Thursday to restore 280-acres in South San Diego Bay. The area is currently occupied by commercial salt ponds that are to be converted back to protected wetland habitat.”

Water Authority Board elects new officers / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors today elected new officers to lead the agency’s board of directors for the next two years. Michael T. Hogan, Santa Fe Irrigation District, will lead board for next two years.”

Scripps wins $5M grant to advance ocean research / SignOnSanDiego : “Renewed funding from the National Science Foundation will allow Scripps scientists to continue studying how food systems and fisheries are impacted by biological and physical shifts of the California Current.”

District plans sewer fee workshop / Ramona Sentinel : “Talk about a yogurt shop’s sewer connection fees has prompted Ramona Municipal Water District directors to plan a public workshop to educate the community on why such fees are charged and how the RMWD is constrained by regulations.”

Court orders mediation in Padre Dam case / SignOnSanDiego : “Viejas Indians met with Padre Dam Municipal Water District officials in private Thursday as part of a court-ordered bid to resolve their legal dispute over a planned $20 million pipeline and pumping station.”

Water main ruptures in San Marcos / SignOnSanDiego : “A 10-inch water main ruptured Thursday on Deer Springs Road in San Marcos, prompting a water shut-off for some customers and affecting traffic during the evening commute.”

Avocado farmers flee water rate hikes; Valley Center district struggles /
North County Times : “The Valley Center Municipal Water District, as part of an effort to prune its operational budget, is taking draconian measures to keep pace with the rapid disconnection of meters by growers who are giving up on their thirsty avocado groves while others are embracing conservation techniques.”


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