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San Diego regional water news roundup Feb 24-28, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 1, 2011

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Camp Pendleton desal project part of conference presentation / Fallbrook Village News : “Bob Yamada of the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA) spoke of the proposed Camp Pendleton seawater desalination project during his “Seawater Desalination for San Diego” presentation at the Desalination: Technologies and Market Opportunities conference January 28 in San Diego.”

FALLBROOK: Concerns about environment, water heard at landfill meeting / North County Times : “Animal habitats, sacred American Indian land and whether a liner would protect water supplies against toxins were among the issues discussed at a public hearing on the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill in Fallbrook on Wednesday.”

Ramona Water District hires new assistant general manager / Ramona Patch : “David Barnum, chief financial officer for Ramona Municipal Water District, was officially hired as assistant general manger by the board of directors at its Feb. 22 meeting.”

Skyrocketing water prices push farmer to cultivate solar energy instead of avocados / North County Times : “Thanks to state and federal incentives, he could become a small independent generator of electricity, replace his lost income from avocados, and keep land that has been in his family for 54 years.”

IID board ponders fallowing impact awards / Imperial Valley Press : “Business and service organizations impaired by Imperial Irrigation District’s fallowing program have recently had grant applications scored and await award notification. Fallowing removes fields from production by farmers volunteering to conserve water in helping IID proceed with the Quantification Settlement Agreement. The QSA is a water transfer pact that sells conserved water to San Diego and Coachella water districts.”

QSA water recipients should pay impact fee / Imperial Valley Press : “CRWS is the Valley organization that filed an amicus brief to help stop implementation of the QSA. It maintains it is San Diego and other urban beneficiaries who should bear the burden of replenishing the Salton Sea with water and other environmental mitigation.”

Lake Hodges overflows for the first time in six years / San Diego 6 : “The heavy rain this weekend has produced a rare sight in San Diego. Lake Hodges is cascading over its dam spillway for the first time in six years.”

Water districts not capitalizing on latest rainfall / 10News : “The water in Hodges Reservoir has been spilling over its dam ever since the winter rains poured down on San Diego. The water will never be used in San Diego homes, and that magnifies the importance of the San Diego County Water Authority’s Emergency Storage Project.”

Another day ho-hum, another spectacular water fall over Lake Hodges Dam, Day Four… / Ah-Ha Rancho Santa Fe News : “Lake Hodges Dam continued to throw water down into the Santa Fe Valley on Monday as crowds were smaller than the weekend but steady throughout the day…[photos and video]”

MARDIS GRAS at Lake Hodges as lake overflows with water and people / Ah-Ha Rancho Santa Fe News : “Vehicles lined busy two-lane Del Dios Highway for miles as people flocked to the unusual scene of water busting over the dam restoring the San Dieguito River long kept caged upstream.”

VISTA: Water line replacement backs up traffic on Sunset Drive / North County Times : “Traffic along Sunset Drive has been delayed this month as the Vista Irrigation District works to replace 1,400 feet of water line between South Melrose Drive and Buena Vista Drive.”

Water deal that could shrink Salton Sea assailed by critics / : “An agreement creating the largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer in U.S. history should be scuttled unless new protections are given to Imperial Valley farmers and others impacted, paid for by water recipients, a citizens group contends.”


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