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San Diego regional water news roundup Jan 17-23, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 23, 2011

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Major water pipeline to improve flow is completed / SignOnSanDiego : “The 11-mile-long, 8.5-foot-diameter San Vicente Pipeline stretches from Lakeside to Mira Mesa and is designed to improve water distribution in the southern half of the county.”

Feds urge fluoride levels be watered down / KPBS : “…San Diego is on the cusp of finally joining the rest of the nation in getting fluoride added to the water supply when the city announced a delay. And the Environmental Protection Agency released information that it is reviewing the amount of recommended fluoride in water supplies because people may be getting too much….”

RFP issued for Camp Pendleton desalination studies / D&WR : “The San Diego County Water District [sic] in California, USA, issued a request for proposals (RFP) on 10 January 2011 for technical studies related to the proposed Camp Pendleton Seawater Desalination Project.”

Massive sewage spill fouls Imperial Beach / SignOnSanDiego : “A spill that could top more than 31 million gallons of sewage-tainted water on the Tijuana coast is raising health concerns in South Bay communities and may explain why the ocean in that area still isn’t safe for swimming weeks after the late-December rain storms.”

Waters churning as rate vote nears / San Diego Source [sub required] : “San Diegans may be just days away from the City Council raising their water rates. A public hearing on whether the rate hike will take effect in the coming months is scheduled for Jan. 24.”

Water testing with the San Dieguito River Park / San Diego Coastkeeper : “One of the great things about our Water Quality Monitoring Program is that we have an opportunity to help other groups investigate their efforts at improving water quality.”

IID board tasked to crafting realistic Salton Sea plan / Imperial Valley Press : “The resolution will call on the state of California to identify, support and implement a Salton Sea restoration plan that is more realistic than the current $9 billion “preferred alternative” plan, which makes plain the priorities of mitigation of air impacts and preservation of habitat…”

Size of Tijuana sewage spill is disputed / SignOnSanDiego : “[Baja California] officials continued to dispute environmentalists’ estimates of when and how much untreated sewage has been flowing into the ocean.”

CARLSBAD: Lagoon dredging under way / North County Times : “It’s a sight and smell that has been stopping some beachgoers in their tracks: Giant yellow bulldozers slipping and sliding on Carlsbad’s Tamarack Beach as they scoop tons of wet, stinky sand, shoot it out of a long plastic pipe, and spread it along the shoreline.”

North County water pipeline moves forward after politicians intervene / SignOnSanDiego : “A dime-sized mollusk known as the quagga mussel threatened to delay the final launch of a nearly $500 million project connecting Lake Hodges and Olivenhain Reservoir in north San Diego County.”

Ocean currents mean sewage pollution potential persists / SignOnSanDiego : “A day after concerns broke on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border about a major sewage spill in Playas de Tijuana, a coastal water expert in San Diego said weak ocean currents off the South County coastline have mostly flowed to the south for the past few days.”

Local lawmaker seeks to cut proposed $11 billion state water bond / SignOnSanDiego : “A north San Diego County lawmaker has introduced legislation to slash the size of an $11 billion water bond on the November 2012 ballot — a move that could cost the San Diego County Water Authority millions.”

Helix Water trims operating budget / SignOnSanDiego : “The Helix Water District board on Wednesday unanimously approved the 6.5 percent spending reduction in its operating budget. The agency trimmed $5.6 million in expenditures last year.”

Fact check: more San Diegans, less water / Voice of San Diego : “The challenge, water managers say, will be to keep consumption low and drive it even lower into the future. That requires tougher behavioral changes — like ripping out the front lawn — not just installing an efficient toilet.”

Resentment spills into water rate case / SignOnSanDiego : “The San Diego City Council is likely to approve higher water rates for residents on Monday — but not before a lot of venting by frustrated residents and council members.”

Water district to hold series of public workshop meetings / Del Mar Times : “The Santa Fe Irrigation District is planning a series of half-day public workshop meetings in the coming months to deal with pressing financial issues such as anticipated costs for imported water, employee compensation, retirement benefits and capital projects.”

Rainbow Water adjusts employees’ insurance, paid time off, and merit increases / Fallbrook Village News : “The Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) board of directors recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOA) with the association of supervisors, confidential employees and the Rainbow Employees Association, which allowed the district to set a cap on merit increases, adjust paid time off, and modify health insurance for its employees.”

Is the Imperial Irrigation District giving water away? / Imperial Valley Press : “Has the Imperial Irrigation District been giving away its allotment of unused water to the Metropolitan Water District without compensation? The unused water amounts to 245,966 acre-feet for 2010, according to preliminary figures on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Web page.”


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