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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 25-31, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 31, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trashes Mission Beach with dredging project. Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter calls for cleanup and more testing / Shifting Shorelines : “Often it’s the tourists that trash Mission Beach, now an Army Corps of Engineers project is adding to it. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) through their contractor are in the middle of a dredging project in Mission Bay to make it safer for boat traffic…”

San Diego agency honored for water-supply plans / SignOnSanDiego : “San Diego County Water Authority officials have won national honors for their push to diversify the region’s water supply with projects such as raising the San Vicente Dam and desalinating seawater.”

Carlsbad’s objection stalls desal talks / North County Times : “Carlsbad city officials said Monday they’re holding up talks on an agreement for a desalination plant because it could cost the city millions of dollars in lost tax revenue.”

Why junk is turning up on Mission Beach / Voice of San Diego : “The Army Corps of Engineers is removing sand from the entrance to Mission Bay, a federal navigation channel. Unlike the Sandag project, the Army Corps’ primary goal is to deepen the channel so boats can pass safely. Its goal is not to improve beaches.”

Water board must correct procedural error in expansion plan / SignOnSanDiego : “The Sweetwater Authority’s governing board on Wednesday will revisit plans to expand the agency’s desalination facility and the findings supporting the project because it inadvertently failed to formally approve both in the first place.”

Muirlands students join World Water Monitoring Day at La Jolla Shores / La Jolla Light : “Muirlands Middle School students joined San Diego Coastkeeper and Sister Schools of San Diego for the 9th Annual World Water Monitoring Day on Friday at La Jolla Shores.”

South Bay power plant operator withdraws renewal application / San Diego Coastkeeper : “The plant used an antiquated technology called ‘once-through-cooling’ as its cooling system. The technology requires massive amounts of water, along with the aquatic life contained in the water column, to be sucked into the plant and spewed out ten to 15 degrees hotter. This super heated water has created a dead zone in the South Bay where eelgrass, a key habitat and food source for bay species, could grow.


Carlsbad withholds desal plant approval / Carlsbad Patch : “The city seeks financial assurances resulting from the quest to construct the $530 million plant in its city limits, a project that has been in the works since 1998. Carlsbad’s holdout status surfaced in advance of Thursday’s meeting of the San Diego County Water Authority.”

Closed beach means just that — closed / Imperial Beach Patch : “The surf in Imperial Beach was really polluted last weekend. And there were lots and lots of people surfing in IB Saturday and Sunday.”

Boil water order lifted for Warner School District / Everything San Diego : “The drinking water system had tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli. The distribution system has been disinfected by a Certified Operator and follow-up water samples confirm the absence of bacteria in the water supply.”

Ramona water district board: Check your ballot / Ramona Sentinel : [background information on candidates for the Ramona Water District Board]

Port of SD approves $500,000 for alternative hull paint study / The Log : “The unanimous vote authorizes research grants for three one-year studies. The new research is designed to complement a two-year study of nontoxic hull coatings initially launched by the port in 2008. Port officials initially began studying antifouling paint after the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board found high levels of copper in Shelter Island Yacht Basin.”

Water Authority debuts new website / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority has redeveloped its website, to help the public find information faster and easier through improved site navigation, more comprehensive search functions, and enhanced content. “

Sewer main replacement work continuing on La Jolla Boulevard / La Jolla Light : “The project, known as Sewer Group 742, is replacing old and deteriorated sewer mains that were originally installed between 1910 and 1940. The project consists of installing approximately 3,800 linear feet of 8-inch sewer mains by conventional excavation method.”

Tijuana River pollution quiz / San Diego Coastkeeper : “Pop quiz time. These test tubes are some of the results from last weekend’s volunteer water quality monitoring event…”

5-mile Jamacha pipeline project completed $1 million under budget / East County Magazine : “The more than five-mile long project was not only the largest capital improvement project in the District’s 54-year history, but also one of the most challenging.”

Helix Water Board race stirs little interest / East County Magazine : “…campaigns for this board have stirred surprisingly little attention among the public. Only one seat is contested.”

FALLBROOK: Gardeners, district benefit from sewage recycling / North County Times : “There’s a slight stinky quality to the air at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, but that’s apparently a small price to pay for gardeners looking for a sweet deal on soil additives. “This is class-A sludge … the highest-quality biosolids,” said environmental compliancy technician Jeff Parks as he stood in front of a tall metallic structure that spins, heats and turns sewage into recyclable solids. “It can be used on anything.”


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