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San Diego regional water news roundup Dec 11-16, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 17, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Water shortage threatens livelihood for many in the Imperial Valley / KPBS : “Some experts say there is a fifty per cent chance that Lake Mead, the giant reservoir behind the Hoover dam, could dry up in the next few decades. That grim gamble is a sobering possibility for us here in San Diego since Lake Mead stores Colorado River water, a prime source of water for much of southern California.”

Regional water board comes up short again / SignOnSanDiego : “The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board has three new members but it can’t kick an old problem. Board officials announced Monday that their regular monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled due to the lack of a quorum.”

Water quality and the science of beach closures / Imperial Beach Patch : “To keep the public informed, the San Diego Department of Environmental Health, WiLDCOAST, San Diego Coastkeepers and the Imperial Beach Lifeguard Service met Dec. 7 at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge for a workshop on water quality. Approximately 50 people attended.”

Main break floods Solana Beach businesses / 10News : “The incident happened about 3 a.m. Monday in the Solana Beach Towne Centre off of Lomas Santa Fe Drive, authorities said.”

WATER: Southwestern water outlook getting grimmer, scientists say / North County Times : “California and the entire southwestern U.S. must drastically reduce water use to prevent harm to urban areas, agriculture and wildlife, according to scientific studies published Tuesday.”

Vista Irrigation District holds annual reorganization meeting / Vista Irrigation District news release : “The Vista Irrigation District (VID) board of directors elected Jo MacKenzie as its president and Richard Vásquez as its first vice-president for 2011 at its annual reorganization meeting held on December 8, 2010.”

Helix Water names board president / SignOnSanDiego : “DeAna Verbeke, who was recently elected to a fresh term on the Helix Water District board, has been named president of the five-member panel.”

Broken hydrant floods Loma Portal intersection / SignOnSanDiego : “The intersection of Midway Drive and Rosecrans Street in Loma Portal was shut down Tuesday morning for more than three hours because of flooding from a broken fire hydrant that sent water gushing into the air.”

EDITORIAL: Water or rail? / North County Times : “Our view: we think there are better uses for infrastructure dollars.”

Councilmember calls for reliable water supply / 10News : “City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner called on her colleagues Wednesday to develop a comprehensive strategy for a sustainable water supply, which she said would replace a patchwork of antiquated council policies.”

Appeals court overturns storm water runoff ruling / SignOnSanDiego : “A state appeals court has upheld standards for storm water quality that environmentalists say will help protect Southern California’s beaches.”

FORUM: Why are there so many water agencies? / North County Times : “As people focus their attention on water supply issues and rates, I often hear this question: “Why are there so many water agencies?” As with the issue of “we conserve and you raise rates,” this is a complex issue involving a little geography and history.”

Upzoning in county’s proposed plan ignores water and sewer needs in Ramona, says lawyer / Ramona Sentinel : “The county’s proposed general plan update does not factor in the impacts of upzoning on infrastructure, specifically in the case of the Ramona Municipal Water District, an attorney told the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.”

RMWD plans to increase fixed rate charges / Fallbrook Village News : “The Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) board of directors recently approved to consider revising the ratio of fixed monthly rates to the district’s commodity rates to cover expenses.”


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