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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 20-24, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 24, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Who’s dumping rebar, wire and tire rubber on Mission Beach? / Voice of San Diego : “Since late September, the federal Army Corps of Engineers has been dredging sand and dumping it on Mission Beach, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But the Corps hasn’t just been dredging sand…”

Stockton, Barrio Logan gear up for water main replacements / SignOnSanDiego : “Residents in Stockton and Barrio Logan are gearing up for $3.5 million in water main replacements, part of San Diego’s long-term efforts to reduce the risk of busted sewer and water lines.”

Marine Life Protection Act hearing draws 700 to urge ocean protections / The California Majority Report : “Nearly 700 California divers, surfers, students, scientists, business leaders and ocean advocates today came together at a California Fish and Game Commission meeting in San Diego to support the timely implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) and urge the adoption of a strong, science-based Marine Protected Area network.”

California’s water: what’s new on the Colorado River? / Association of California Water Agencies : “Colorado River water has been the lifeblood for cities such as Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as more than 3.5 million acres of farmland. This segment of “California’s Water” looks at the canals and aqueducts that bring Colorado River water to Southern California and the many efforts under way to use water as efficiently as possible.”

Water district states case at workshop / Ramona Sentinel : “End divisiveness and work together as a community were two ideas repeated in remarks at the Ramona Municipal Water District’s 3-1/4 hour public workshop on Oct. 12.”

Helix Water District spared lawsuit over hydrant / La Mesa Patch : “The suit alleged negligence on Helix’s part, saying the district failed to properly service and maintain the hydrant, and the Boekamp home went up in flames the night of Jan. 16-17 “due to the lack of any running water from the hydrant.”

Water main break in North Poway / Poway Patch : “A collar on a 10-inch water main at the intersection of Avenida Granada and Avenida Florencia failed.”

Cleaning up Chollas Creek’s trash / Voice of San Diego : “Chollas Creek is the natural watershed that carries storm water from Lemon Grove and La Mesa, where its four branches begin, through many of San Diego’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and into Barrio Logan, where the creek empties into the bay. For decades, it’s been plagued by pollution, illegal dumping and the destruction of natural habitats.”

CARLSBAD: Area sees three sewage spills this month / North County Times : “A sewage spill in Carlsbad earlier this week dumped as much as 60,000 gallons of sewage into the Batiquitos Lagoon —- 120 times larger than what officials originally thought might hit the water, county officials said. It was the third spill in less than two weeks in south Carlsbad.”

MWD is source of high water rates [commentary] / SignOnSanDiego : “In “Mud in the waters: Law firms win, ratepayers lose” (Opinion, Oct. 14), Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles , would have readers believe that MWD is a guardian angel for San Diego ratepayers. The truth is that the biggest factor driving up the cost of water in San Diego is rate increases from Metropolitan.”


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