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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 6-9, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 10, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Oil on water / San Diego CityBeat : “Sheens spotted off the coast of San Diego remain a mystery for the Coast Guard … seven of this year’s 10 largest sheens off the coast of San Diego County were spotted during the last two months.”

Dead fish in San Diego River due to natural causes / KPBS : “During its biannual survey of the river last weekend, the San Diego River Park Foundation was alerted to dead fish at an area of the river in Mission Valley.”

Ad urges San Diego City Council to consider population stabilization as part of water solution / PRNewswire : “Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) has launched radio commercials in San Diego asking why City Councils throughout the county are not pursuing population stabilization measures in light of the ongoing water crisis.”

Water district accused of padding pensions / 10News : “A La Mesa man is accusing the Helix Water District of padding its pension on the backs of its ratepayers. Dick Malsbary says Helix Water District’s pension costs tripled since 2009.”

[Editorial] A senseless squabble over groundwater / SignOnSanDiego : “In the near-desert called San Diego, we are in a perpetual water shortage – drought or no drought…So it strikes us as decidedly against the public interest to have one local water district suing its neighbor and attempting to block the harvesting of groundwater.”

Landfill threatens to taint wells near Bonsall / SignOnSanDiego : “Despite years of warnings, San Diego County has failed to fix problems at a defunct landfill that threatens to contaminate wells near Bonsall.”

CARLSBAD: Broken pipe causes 5,000-gallon sewage spill / North County Times : “A broken pipe caused about 5,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill from a wastewater plant, leading officials to close a stretch of Carlsbad State Beach to swimmers and surfers Thursday, officials said.”

Rate hikes, water supplies, & Santee Lakes’ future at issue in Padre Dam Municipal Water Board races / East County Magazine : “Water board races don’t often stir up controversy. But with restricted water supplies to our region and recent water rate hikes, ratepayers are paying attention. East County Magazine asked all candidates to fill out detailed questionnaires. All seven responded.”

Water shortage means changes for southwest : The Vista [University of San Diego] : “A major problem is Lake Mead, the lifeline of the lower Colorado basin. Federal estimates indicate that the water level of Lake Mead could drop below a crucial demarcation line of 1,075 feet.”

24 customers without water after main break / 10News : “A water main break turned a Normal Heights street into a river Friday morning.”

Viejas Indians, state officials alarmed by work on sacred site / SignOnSanDiego : “Padre Dam Municipal Water District officials said workers this week laid down rock and large tubes of straw as part of an erosion-control effort on the 2.5-acre property — land that a Superior Court judge has declared off limits in light of a legal dispute.”

Could this be last year for beach water testing? / San Diego News Room : “San Diego County’s contract with the state runs out at the end of December, and nobody has stepped up to foot the $300,000-a-year bill”

New fireworks rules threaten big displays / SignOnSanDiego : “Organizers of pyrotechnic displays said this week they can’t afford the permit and scientific research outlined in a draft document issued by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.”

Water outage in Del Cerro, San Carlos area / SignOnSanDiego : “A Del Cerro pump station had a mechanical malfunction Saturday morning leaving most of the Del Cerro and San Carlos area without water service.”

La Jolla fireworks group joins effort to seek delay, compromise on new rules / La Jolla Light : “An attorney representing organizers of La Jolla’s July 4th fireworks display will ask water quality board officials to delay action on rules that would increase the regulation and cost of monitoring coastal fireworks.”


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