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San Diego regional water news roundup Apr 1-6, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 7, 2011

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Failed pipeline causes more roadway failures / Mission Times Courier : “A failed storm water pipeline that caused two more large holes to open up in an Allied Gardens street last month won’t be repaired for at least another 15 months.”

Architect envisions border wall as good neighbor / La Prensa San Diego : “Ronald Rael envisions a wall dotted with multi-purpose installations with a life-saving water collection site, a treatment plant for toxic wastewater from the New River, a swing, a volleyball court, a solar farm and even a confessional.”

FALLBROOK: Public utility leaders ready to lobby feds for Pendleton project / North County Times : “Heads of a local public utility district will head to Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for funding for a project that would allow Camp Pendleton and Fallbrook to share water from a river that runs through the Marine base.”

Salty groundwater major problem for [Temecula] Wine Country planning / The Press-Enterprise : “A state board has enacted new restrictions on the size of septic systems for new wineries. Wine Country currently lacks sewer lines, which end at the Temecula city limits.”

LAKE ELSINORE: Panel sets meetings on electricity project / The Press-Enterprise : “Two meetings are scheduled this week on a proposal to build power lines in the Cleveland National Forest as part of a plan to use water from Lake Elsinore to generate electricity and deliver it throughout Southern California. “

ENERGY: Water agency begins solar project / North County Times : “Under the contract with Borrego Solar Systems Inc., three systems are being installed at [San Diego County] Water Authority buildings. They are the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant north of San Marcos, the Fred A. Heilbron Operations Center in Escondido and the Water Authority’s headquarters in Kearny Mesa.”

Big Mexican quake changed thinking about faults / SignOnSanDiego : “liquefaction destroyed almost all of the water delivery systems in a 9-mile-by-6.2-mile area, and basically shut down the farming for two years while the infrastructure is being rebuilt.”

Imperial dealing with city quake repairs / Imperial Valley Press : “Calexico wasn’t the only Imperial Valley city that experienced damage during last year’s Easter Sunday earthquake as the water treatment facilities and Imperial City Hall can attest.”

Former California State Assembly member Mary Salas joins Groundwork San Diego’s Board of Directors / PRLog : “While in the California Legislature, Salas served on the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. Salas was also selected by the Speaker of the Assembly to participate on the Working Water Group.”

Three local dams under state restrictions / SignOnSanDiego : “The dams at Lake Wohlford in Escondido, Lake Cuyamaca south of Julian and a drainage basin in San Marcos all have been identified by the state of California as needing remediation and have been under strict reservoir-level restrictions by state regulators…”

A success story called Santee Lakes / SignOnSanDiego : “Fifty years ago, a local water district manager could have made an easy bureaucratic decision. Instead, he did some innovative thinking and made a courageous choice. [Ray] Stoyer gambled that water recycling was feasible and a series of lakes could become a recreational draw for East County.”

No guarantees for Carlsbad desal plant / DC Bureau : “Carlsbad is holding out for an agreement that guarantees a portion of the tax revenues the city would lose if the Water Authority ever exercised its right to buy the plant.”

FORUM: it’s time to end mandatory water restrictions / North County Times : “mandatory water use restrictions are still in effect for customers of most water districts and departments in San Diego County, including the San Diego County Water Authority —- despite a significant countywide reduction in water use since Metropolitan’s Level 2 declaration in 2009.”

Supervisors vote to consolidate sanitation services / 760AM KFMB : “The board’s action will combine the Campo Water and Sewer, Winter Gardens, Harmony Grove and East Otay Mesa Sewer Maintenance Districts and the Alpine, Julian, Lakeside and Pine Valley Sanitation Districts into a single sanitation district, the San Diego County Sanitation District.”

Ramona water board OKs funds for ‘another unfunded state mandate’ / Ramona Sentinel : “The Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) board of directors has approved a contract with Nolte Associates Inc. for $30,800 to prepare the 2010 Urban Water Management Plan.
RMWD General Manager Ralph McIntosh referred to the plan as another unfunded state mandate.”

Ramona Water District is a step ahead in ending drought / Ramona Patch : “The Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) board of directors has approved a contract with Nolte Associates Inc. for $30,800 to prepare the 2010 Urban Water Management Plan. RMWD General Manager Ralph McIntosh referred to the plan as another unfunded state mandate.”

Otay water board OKs $160,000 for lobbyists / SignOnSanDiego : “part of the money will be used to seek federal approval for a binational desalination plant in Rosarito.

Water savings doesn’t equal lower bill / SignOnSanDiego : “Across San Diego County’s 23 water providers, only one rewards water savings with a proportionally lower bill — the Sweetwater Authority in Chula Vista.”


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