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San Diego regional water news roundup Dec 17-24, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 25, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Veolia renews contract / Zacks : “Veolia Water North America, a unit of Veolia Environnement S.A. (VE – Snapshot Report), received a five-year extension of its contract with the International Boundary & Water Commission (IBWC). The company renewed its contract to address sanitation needs on the Tijuana/San Diego border, valued at $35.5 million.”

Plan adopted for So Cal Marine Life Protection Act / KPBS : “The California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to adopt a network of marine protected areas, or MPA’s, from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. Areas off San Diego County’s coast will now be part of a statewide system of underwater parks. Eric Brickenstein, spokesperson for San Diego Coastkeeper explains the changes.”

Wastewater treatment contract renewed for Veolia at San Ysidro facility / WaterWorld : “The International Boundary & Water Commission (IBWC) has reached a five-year agreement with Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water) to continue operations that address sanitation needs on the Tijuana/San Diego border.”

USA-Mexico border crossing adopts wastewater recycling system / TriplePundit : “The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the nation’s facilities manager, decided to install a wastewater treatment facility to reduce the amount of water consumption at this checkpoint several miles inland from the coast.”

City flood projects hit legal wall / SignOnSanDiego : “Flood-control work across San Diego is stuck in the mud after a court ordered the city to stop for failing to do the proper environmental review.”

Salazar, Elvira announce water agreement to support response to Mexicali valley earthquake / U.S. Dept. of the Interior : “Mexico will be able to temporarily defer delivery of a portion of its annual Colorado River water allotment while repairs are made to the irrigation system in the Mexicali Valley of Baja California as a result of an April 4, 2010 earthquake.” (for related background informationclick here)

Fluoridation delayed in San Diego / SignOnSanDiego : “San Diego’s much-debated plan to fully fluoridate the city’s water supplies will be delayed by about a month, officials announced Tuesday.”

Water district workers get 3.5 percent raise; general manager gets 1 / Ramona Sentinel : “Director Darrell Beck noted that Ramona has a unique district that covers not just water and wastewater but also fire service and parks and recreation.”

Couple sues city of Solana Beach, Santa Fe Irrigation District / Del Mar Times : “A local couple is suing the city of Solana Beach and the Santa Fe Irrigation District for at least $1 million, claiming leakage from the agencies’ water and sewer pipelines has saturated their vacant 2.6-acre property in Rancho Santa Fe and made it undevelopable.”

Storm sinks region’s sewer systems / SignOnSanDiego : “Cities and utility districts across San Diego and south Orange counties struggled on Wednesday to contain sewage spills created by immense loads of storm water. Even though the sewage and storm water systems generally are separate, they are commonly close enough together that major rains can create problems for both systems at one.”

Report gives desalination cautious thumbs-up / North County Times : “The center’s report says desalination represents a part of a diversified water supply that will help make the county’s water supply more reliable. “… (W)hile it is not a panacea for our region’s water challenges, desalination can be a viable water source to include in San Diego County’s water portfolio,” the report summarized.”

USGS hydrologists measure San Diego River / 10News : “As the ground is beginning to dry out in Mission Valley and the river level begins to return to normal, hydrologists from the U.S. Geological Survey say said it’s the perfect time to take measurements of the river and its flooding potential in San Diego.”

Ocean Beach tainted by sewage spill upstream / SignOnSanDiego : “County environmental health officials Thursday posted warning signs to keep people out of the water at Ocean Beach, after an estimated 1.2 million-gallon sewage spill in Santee flowed into the San Diego River.”

Lake Murray spilling for first time ever / SignOnSanDiego : “It’s just a trickle, but it’s spilling,” said Nelson Manville, assistant city lakes program manager. “I’ve been around here 30 years and never have seen Murray this high.”

Water leak is homeowner’s responsibility, board agrees / Ramona Sentinel : “A homeowner’s appeal for a revision in his increased water bill due to an undetected water line leak was turned down by the Ramona Municipal Water District directors, who said it was his responsibility because it is on his property.”

Why Mission Valley is underwater / Voice of San Diego : “It is built on a major flood plain, with the San Diego River running through it before dumping most of the city’s storm water into the Pacific at Ocean Beach.”


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