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San Diego regional water news roundup Dec 5-10, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 11, 2010

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Statehouse insider: Juan Vargas says Salton Sea top priority / My : “After Juan Vargas is sworn in as the desert’s new state senator on Monday, the San Diego Democrat plans to immediately tackle some of the efforts championed by his predecessor. Vargas, who succeeds Denise Duchney in the 40th Senate District, says the Salton Sea is among his top legislative priorities.”

Water Authority Board approves Natural Community/Habitat Conservation Plan / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today approved several important measures that will ensure that environmentally sensitive habitat and species in San Diego County are protected for decades to come, while facilitating the construction and operation of current and future facilities vital to the water supply reliability of the region.”

Port honors boat owners for participation in hull paint study / Port of San Diego : “Thirteen boat owners were publicly honored by the Board of Port Commissioners for their assistance with an alternative boat hull paint study. The owners volunteered their vessels and their time in the “Safer Alternatives to Copper-based Antifouling Paint” project that was designed to assist the Port with reducing the level of copper in San Diego Bay.”

Port of San Diego proposes permit for in-water hull cleaning in San Diego Bay / Port of San Diego : “In an effort to reduce the amount of copper pollution in San Diego Bay, the Port of San Diego is recommending that businesses conducting in-water hull cleaning on recreational or commercial vessels first obtain a permit before doing any work within the Port’s jurisdiction.”

Environmental organization appoints experienced land planner / SignOnSanDiego : “A nonprofit working to encourage restoration of the Chollas Creek watershed on Tuesday announced the appointment of an experienced land planner to its board of directors. Vicki Estrada, who authored the Chollas Creek Enhancement Program, will join Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek.”

Imperial Valley water shortages: tough choices ahead / KPBS : “After an unrelenting 11 years of drought on the river, many in that naturally arid corner of the state are forced to confront their future.”

Imperial Valley water shortage: the “micro-dam” / KPBS : “The perfectly square man-made lake that is Drop 2 doesn’t seem quite to live up to the drama of Hoover dam, but to Andrea Ondreyco, a construction inspector for the Bureau of Reclamation, it is just as exciting.”

Too much moisture leads to $1 million-plus lawsuit / SignOnSanDiego : “Gessner, the general manager of the San Diego Convention Center Corp., said sewer pipes that service those homes are leaking into the hillside soil, making his land undevelopable. Neal Meyers, the attorney for the Santa Fe Irrigation District, said the moisture is really due to nearly 40 years of normal irrigation from the blufftop homes.”

OCEANSIDE: Water and sewer rate increases up for council vote / North County Times : “A proposal to raise Oceanside’s water and sewer rates is scheduled for City Council review Wednesday.”

OCEANSIDE: City approves water, sewer rate increases / North County Times : “The Oceanside City Council approved water and sewer rate increases Wednesday, but it rejected a proposal to lower building height limits in coastal neighborhoods.”

Water board members get healthy benefits / SignOnSanDiego : “Board members of local water agencies don’t collect a salary, but most of them reap a big benefit nonetheless — full-freight medical insurance for them, and in many cases, their families.”

Panel rules In favor of Carlsbad desal plant / 10News : “A three-judge state appellate court panel ruled Friday in favor of the desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad, saying the developer does not need to conduct more environmental studies.”

[Escondido] Notice of public hearing on proposed change in water and wastewater rates and fees / City of Escondido : “The City of Escondido (City) will conduct a public hearing on January 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at 201 North Broadway, Escondido, California 92025 in the City Council Chambers to consider the adoption of changes in water and wastewater rates.”


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