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San Diego regional water news roundup Feb 6-10, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 11, 2011

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Fluoride debate rages over decades / SignOnSanDiego : “No matter how many millions of people drink the stuff each day or how many health leaders tout its benefits, questions about the wisdom of putting fluoride into tap water just won’t die.”

U.S., Mexico boost collaboration on Colorado River / SignOnSanDiego : “In what is being hailed as a breakthrough agreement, Mexico will have the option over the next three years of banking some of its share of Colorado River water in the United States.”

CARLSBAD: City reviewing Agua Hedionda sewer line project / North County Times : “A $34 million construction project that aims to prevent sewage spills into Agua Hedionda Lagoon and overhaul 2.5 miles of Carlsbad sewer pipes is working its way through the city’s approval process.”

What was dumped on the beach in 2010 / Voice of San Diego : “Uncommon finds included a keyboard, a car window, a hot water heater, a bag of vomit and something that one poor volunteer simply described as “poop bag.””

Groundwater could limit future growth in San Diego’s backcountry / KPBS : “There are conflicting opinions on how much development can happen in the rural areas where water pipes don’t reach. About 40,000 San Diego residents across 1,800 square miles depend on groundwater.”

Water main break in Allied Gardens [with video] / SignOnSanDiego : “A 12-inch concrete water main broke Tuesday afternoon in a residential area in Allied Gardens, city officials said.”

Maps of San Diego coast show sea level rise by 2050 / Imperial Beach Patch : “The San Diego Foundation put together a study published in 2008 that predicts local sea levels could rise 12 to 18 inches by 2050 due to climate change.”

Water monopoly’s game — Public? Private? / San Diego Reader : “On January 13, 2011, Sanders announced that the City of San Diego will solicit bids later this year for private-sector operation of its street sweeping, road and sidewalk maintenance, and public utilities. Of all these City-run endeavors, it’s the Public Utilities Department — the waterworks — that has caught the attention of naysayers…”

QSA on track to meet mitigation requirements / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District’s Quantification Settlement Agreement is meeting air quality and habitat restoration goals, allowing the QSA to move in a positive direction, said Bruce Wilcox, IID environmental project manager.”

South Bay wetlands restoration project approved / 10News : “A mitigation project to offset potential environmental impacts of a desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad was unanimously approved on Wednesday as the California Coastal Commission began three days of meetings in San Diego County.”

Fighting for water in the arid Imperial Valley / KOSU Radio : “Southern California’s Imperial Valley produces about 80 percent of the nation’s winter vegetables. But years of drought, and a population boom in the Southwest, now threaten the water supply in the desert region — and all those cheap winter greens.”

IN PERSON: Lake Hodges reservoir keeper has eventful tenure / North County Times : “A lot has happened during the eight years that Conway Bowman has been in charge of Lake Hodges and the vast watershed that supplies the reservoir.”


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