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San Diego regional water news roundup Mar 13-19, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 20, 2011

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The Salton Sea: a ‘dead’ sea ready to rise? / AOL News : “Is there hope that this one-time tourist Mecca can re-establish itself as an oasis in the desert? According to the area’s prime crusader, absolutely.”

The opening of Sutherland Dam was a long time coming / Ramona Patch : “Sutherland Dam made history when it was dedicated on June 5, 1954….The moment in history wasn’t that the dam was having a grand opening; it was the fact that the dam was finally finished. Construction on the project had started 27 years earlier.”

REGION: Local tribes say they are owed millions for water rights / North County Times : “Officials with the Indian Water Authority, which represents the La Jolla, Pala, Pauma, Rincon and San Pasqual bands, filed a request for arbitration last month because they believe the Metropolitan Water District, the agency that distributes the water, underpaid the tribes by about $17.6 million.”

The South Bay power plant’s big, watery unknown / Voice of San Diego : “A 2001 report by the San Diego Bay Council, a collective of environmental groups, states that in addition to huge amounts of chlorine, the power plant also deposited hundreds of pounds of copper, zinc and nickel into the bay each year.”

Ramona Water District moves forward with solar project / Ramona Patch : “District staff recommended the board approve a resolution calling for an exemption from the county’s building and zoning ordinances for the solar energy installations. It was approved by the board with a 4-1 vote…”

What’s that pond by SR 163 in Balboa Park? / SignOnSanDiego : “…it’s a $3 million, 330,000-gallon, 14-foot-deep “flow equalization tank” being built by the San Diego Zoo to better regulate the flow of rainwater from the surrounding hills into the city sewer system.”

Pala Tribe releases video sharing importance of preserving cultural site proposed for Gregory Canyon dump / Fallbrook Village News : “The proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill project would be built on the bank of the San Luis Rey River and opponents say it threatens both surface and ground water, as well as a potential compromise of the two major San Diego County Water Authority pipelines.”

Canal project receives environmental award
/ Yuma Sun : “The payoff is the conservation of an estimated 67,700 acre-feet of water per year once lost to seepage — enough to meet the annual needs of about 500,000 people. Most of the saved water will be delivered to San Diego as part of an agreement with the San Diego County Water Authority to help fund the canal project.”

Port of San Diego delays decision on hull cleaning permit plan / The Log : “San Diego Unified Port District members postponed an ordinance and permit affecting in-water hull cleaning in San Diego Bay…the Port of San Diego is required to reduce the amount of copper by a total of 76 percent by 2022, to comply with a Water Quality Control Board order.”

Water board receives first budget overview / Ramona Sentinel : “As if rising water costs and a stagnant economy weren’t bad enough, possible action in Sacramento could further impact the budget of the Ramona Municipal Water District…there is talk within the state government of eliminating property tax revenues for special districts. RMWD is defined by state law as a special district…”

Water board flap apparently settled in National City / SignOnSanDiego : “A flap over National City’s appointments to a rate-setting South County water district has apparently been settled with an imminent compromise.”

WATER: Desal plant deal close, say Carlsbad, water authority / North County Times : “The compromise involves temporarily guaranteeing roughly $2 million in annual tax revenue that Carlsbad expects to get from the [Poseidon] plant…”

Proactive, multipronged approach needed to secure water sources, experts say / San Diego Source : “Water managers in San Diego County are juggling multiple issues: the loss of revenue when consumers conserve more, limited water resources, aging infrastructure and maintenance costs.”

City seeks budding college filmmakers to enter annual water conservation film contest / City of San Diego : “This year’s film contest theme is “San Diegans Waste No Water.” Film contest entries are due April 18, 2011”

Dump, debate & a spirit / SignOnSanDiego : “Ever since Gregory Canyon Ltd. announced plans to build a landfill off state Route 76 just west of the Pala reservation, the tribe has been fighting the developer…opponents include ecological groups and several North County cities that worry about environmental damage the landfill might cause to groundwater and the San Luis Rey River, which runs through the property.”

Joint U.S.-Mexico wastewater treatment plant doubles standby capacity with 2,000 KW generator / MTU Onsite Energy : “Generator set backs up new secondary treatment operation added to meet EPA standards and improve effluent.”

Chevron and City of San Juan Capistrano resolve groundwater dispute / City of San Juan Capistrano : “Under the terms of the settlement, Chevron will clean up the affected area under the direction of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and the city will install and operate an enhanced filtration system at its groundwater recovery plant.”

AGRICULTURE: Farmers pinched by high water prices and low land values / North County Times : “Recent rises in water prices and increasing foreign competition have made farming a break-even business for many, but cratered land prices make it difficult for those with debt to get out of the business…[c]onditions are particularly severe for local producers of avocados.”

 

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