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

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 24, 2011

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Historic designation sought for San Diego’s North Park water tower / Associated Content from Yahoo : “It’s been a photogenic landmark in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood since the 1920s. It’s the North Park water tower, officially labeled the University Heights Reservoir.”

Board continues to limit customer exposure to wholesale rate increases / Olivenhain Municipal Water District : “As a result of continuing, drastic rate increases by the region’s water wholesalers, Olivenhain Municipal Water District customers will see a rate increase of 8.85% effective April 1, 2011. OMWD’s rate increase is driven by increased purchased water wholesale costs of 14.7%…”

IB beaches closed by sewage runoff / SignOnSanDiego : “San Diego County health officials have closed the Imperial Beach shoreline to swimming and surfing due to sewage runoff from the Tijuana River.”

Employee benefits at Helix water draw fire / SignOnSanDiego : “A fledgling citizen group is protesting what it considers excessive benefits for employees at the public water agency that serves most of suburban East County.”

Farmers program boosts water quality / Imperial Valley Press : “Everybody talks about reducing pollution in the Salton Sea but it is farmers who are accomplishing this, says a Westmorland resident. One way farmers found to keep phosphates from waterways is reduce the velocity of drain water that leaves their fields…”

San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project leaves current recycled water in the dust / The Fine Print : “This is a project to treat and purify wastewater from our North City Reclamation Plant so that tests can be performed to get a better idea of the quality of water that might be produced in a purification process.”

Sherri Lightner’s proposed water policy statement: one step forward, two steps back / Know Your H2O : “Overall we applaud Ms. Lightner for calling for such a policy. There are, however, two proposals in her memo which are bad for the environment and for the taxpayers…”

Same amount of water, some pay 70 percent more / SignOnSanDiego : “Two households use the same amount of water in a given month. One is in Ramona and the other is in Lakeside. The Ramona family will pay 70 percent more for the same 10,500 gallons.”

Report shows contamination in local watersheds / San Diego 6 : “Escondido Creek has high levels of nitrogen and the Tijuana River has rising levels of raw sewage, including fecal matter, San Diego Coastkeeper announced Wednesday.”

Fourth of July fundraising begins; fireworks still challenged / La Jolla Light : “The San Diego Water Quality Control Board recently issued a tentative order exempting small-scale, one-time fireworks displays from the proposed rules. Meanwhile, Diane Harkey…has introduced AB206. Her legislation would exempt municipal firework shows from the California Environment Quality Act and California Coastal Act.”


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