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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 15-20, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 20, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Lake Henshaw running on empty / Vista Irrigation District : “Despite above average rainfall last season, Lake Henshaw, the Vista Irrigation District’s local water supply, is running low. The district’s largest reservoir stands at only 6% of its capacity entering the upcoming rainy season.”

Coastal Commission asks Poseidon Resources for more alternatives / KPBS : “The California Coastal Commission did not vote Friday on the issue of a restoration plan proposed by the developers of a desalination plant in Carlsbad. Instead they voted to continue the issue and told Poseidon Resources to submit alternative sites for consideration.”

San Diegans get final shot at altering marine plan / SignOnSanDiego : “A complex and controversial plan to expand marine protected areas in Southern California gets its final public hearing in San Diego County on Wednesday.”

Commission postpones desal mitigation decision / San Diego Source : “Plant developer Poseidon Resources of Carlsbad and Coastal Commission staff had recommended the commission approve mitigating the site by developing a wetlands mitigation project at the junction of the Otay River Floodplain and the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It didn’t work out that way.”

San Diego lacks water rate relief as bills spike / SignOnSanDiego : “Water-service shut-offs are on pace to reach a nine-year high in San Diego, where more than 25,500 city customers — in households with 70,000 people — are projected to get cut off by year’s end for not paying their bills.”

‘If It’s Wet, It’s Probably Water’ / Voice of San Diego : “Two weeks have passed since the San Diego City Council postponed a decision that could have clarified the definition of what areas are considered water in Mission Bay Park. The definition is important because a ballot proposition voters approved in 1987 allows the city to lease out only 25 percent of the park’s land to hotels and other businesses, such as SeaWorld. If water or wetlands are counted as land, it increases the space that can be leased — at the expense of public parkland.”
San Diego hit with 3 water main breaks in one day / SignOnSanDiego : “Imperial Valley agency wants to send water into the degrading Salton Sea, as required in a 2003 deal. But MWD argues that the same deal orders Imperial to hand over any surplus to MWD’s customers.”
Santa Fe Irrigation District board election comes at crucial time / Del Mar Times : “The terms of three members of the Santa Fe Irrigation District’s board of directors are up this year, but voters will decide on only one seat, as two of the incumbents ran unopposed. The district provides water to residents of Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch, an area of 15.9 square miles with a population of about 22,500.”

Vital reservoir continues plummeting / Voice of San Diego : “Lake Mead, the vital Colorado River reservoir outside Las Vegas, hit a record low Sunday, The New York Times reports. The reservoir is the lowest it’s been since being filled in the late 1930s, just 39 percent full.”

Boil-water orders issued in Alpine, Warner Springs / 10 News : “Tests confirmed the presence of total coliform bacteria in the water system at Barrett Honor Camp in Alpine and the Warner Unified School District in Warner Springs, according to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.”

A fresh battle between Southern California water adversaries / LA Times : “Imperial Valley agency wants to send water into the degrading Salton Sea, as required in a 2003 deal. But MWD argues that the same deal orders Imperial to hand over any surplus to MWD’s customers.”

Salton Sea shoreline, people’s health at odds / Imperial Valley Press : “As the Salton Sea is evaporates, one of the chief concerns is the potential dangers to public health caused by wind carrying playa, or ex­posed toxic dust, toward the Imperial Valley.”

Resident wants ‘bullies, liars’ claim investigated / SignOnSanDiego : “A National City resident is calling for a grand jury investigation into a South County water district after its top official claimed skullduggery in a widely-distributed farewell message.”

Alert issued after Carlsbad-area sewage spill / 10News : “A contamination alert was in effect at Carlsbad State Beach Wednesday due to a 2,300-gallon sewage spill outside the Encina Wastewater Treatment Plant, the second in less than two weeks.”


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