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San Diego regional water news roundup Dec. 1-4, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 5, 2010

NOTE: An anonymously-produced website called San Diego County News copies my water news roundups, reformats them, and uses my name to make it appear as if I submitted them for their website (e.g., see This was done without notifying me or asking permission. I have no affiliation with that website and unfortunately have not found who is in charge there.
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SunPower Solar Systems planned for two California water agencies / PRNewswire : “SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) today announced that it is building solar power systems for the Fallbrook Public Utilities District (FPUD) in San Diego County and the San Juan Water District (SJWD) in Placer County. Both systems are using high efficiency SunPower technology to maximize solar power generated on site, and are expected to be operational in the first half of 2011.”

As rainy season sets in, environmentalists take to the creeks / San Diego News Room : “For water-loving surfers, swimmers and divers, the rainy season indicates increasingly limited time in the surf. But for San Diego Coastkeeper, it’s an ideal time to measure humanity’s impact on our creeks, streams and oceans.”

Amicable magnetism achieved by Oliven[hain] Municipal Water District / Product Design and Development : “When the Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD; Encinitas, CA) recently mandated a rehabilitative painting of its massive 10 million gallon/300 foot diameter potable water tank (SAN-227-A Black Mountain Norte), it gave advance notice of ‘removal/reinstallation’ to the multitude of cell phone companies that used the tank as a telecommunications hub for their antennas and cable trays.”

Sunpower (SPWRA) building solar power systems at two water plants in San Diego / Green Stocks Central : “SunPower (SPWRA) announced yesterday that it’s building solar power systems at two California water plants in San Diego – the Fallbrook Public Utilities District and the San Juan Water District. The ground mounted solar systems using tracking technology are expected to be fully operational within a few months.”

Waterfront fireworks’ fate could be decided Dec. 16 / The Log : “The fate of over-water fireworks will likely depend on the outcome of a two-hour public meeting scheduled Dec. 16 by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).”

Imperial Valley confronts its water future / KQED News : “…as populations continue to grow in California cities, and farmers’ political clout shrinks, water has started flowing away from Imperial Valley, up over the coastal range, to Los Angeles and San Diego.”

[Ramona] – Sprayfields needed for 125 new homes, district tells county / Ramona Sentinel : “In their written response to the Cumming Ranch Project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) directors request that the district be allowed to use part of the open space easement as sprayfields to service the proposed development. Sprayfields are used for the disposal of effluent, the liquid waste from a sewage system.”

South San Diego water quality workshop / No B.S. Border Sewage Network : “Join Scripps Institution of Oceanography, WiLDCOAST, the County of San Diego’s Department of Environnmental Health, and San Diego Coastkeeper at TRNERR (Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, California.) on December 7th from 6-8pm to learn about the process that goes into monitoring ocean water quality and influences beach closures and advisories.”

Californians need water, but desalination projects are bogged down / LA Times : “Connecticut-based developer Poseidon Resources has been trying to build a $650-million plant in Carlsbad, but the project has wallowed in red tape for more than a decade. It also has battled a dozen legal challenges.”

Water agencies address Endangered Species Act / Ramona Sentinel : “The Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) Board has adopted a resolution supporting the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) policy and principles on implementing the Endangered Species Act.”


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