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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 1-6, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 6, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Audits pledged with water rate hike didn’t happen / SignOnSanDiego : “The city hasn’t hired independent firms to do annual performance audits that Sanders said would safeguard ratepayers…. A variety of outside sources, including Wall Street’s three rating agencies and two private accounting firms, have scrutinized the Public Utilities Department’s finances and operations with a fine-tooth comb over the past three years,” Alex Roth, a spokesman for Sanders, said in a statement.”

Lake Murray cleanup a record success: 286 volunteers pick up 338 pounds of trash / Mission Times Courier : “The day was beautiful at Lake Murray on Saturday, Sept. 25 for the “I Love a Clean San Diego” cleanup.”

Settlement talks between SD, Sweetwater fail to reach resolution / SignOnSanDiego : “San Diego city officials are moving ahead with a lawsuit against the Sweetwater Authority over groundwater access at an important regional aquifer — after settlement talks failed to reach a resolution.”

Imperial Irrigation District, Quantification Settlement Agreement parties file appellate briefs / Imperial Valley Press : “In November, the opposing parties will have the opportunity to file reply briefs. Garber said he estimated the appellate court would hear arguments about the QSA in January with a possible decision about the invalidation within the first few months of 2011.”

Water district officials say they are working to cut costs / Del Mar Times : “Officials with the Santa Fe Irrigation District contend they are trying to hold down expenses wherever possible as they consider a plan to raise water rates by as much as 36 percent over the next three years.”

POWAY: Council tentatively approves two-tier water rate schedule / North County Times : “The decision came after more than an hour of public comments. Some speakers said any move away from the existing multitier rate system would discourage conservation and unfairly benefit the owners of large residential properties at the expense of low-income residents and those living in apartments and condominiums.”

Coastal Commissioner failed to disclose interest in brother’s firm / Watchdog Institute : “During a February commission hearing on a plan to overhaul San Diego’s waterfront, Pat Kruer made a motion to approve the project, saying he thought “everybody should jump up and down” to support it. But he didn’t disclose his brother Jonathan’s involvement until the Watchdog Institute asked about it in April.”

Fluctuating water levels affect wildlife at Lake Murray / San Diego Nature Examiner : “In early to mid-summer of 2010, the water level was lowered to begin repairing the drainage ditch at San Carlos Bay. It was raised and lowered again at about mid-September. During these times, many ground nesting birds were breeding along the lake and were affected by the change in water levels.”

A rose by any other name / Healthmad : “As drinking water supplies in the arid southwest continue to decline and in some cases disappear, the use of wastewater effluent will become essential. Over time, communities will need to make critical decisions about how to develop sufficient water supplies to meet future demands. This will include wastewater effluent being used for indirect potable reuse; or as some may call it “Toilet-to-Tap.”

 

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