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San Diego regional water news roundup May 20-26, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 27, 2011

( Selected regional water news reports. Click headlines to read.)

State park closure signals Salton Sea’s survival prospects slim / : “Advocates say the park’s impending closure is the latest sign that the survival of the Salton Sea, and the ragtag collection of settlements along its shores, is looking less likely by the day.”

Rancho Santa Fe board lifts mandatory restrictions on water use / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “Mandatory restrictions on water use — including a three-days-per-week limit on watering landscaped areas — have been lifted for customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District, which serves Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch.”

Take a hike: Pamo Valley / SignOnSanDiego : “Both Santa Ysabel Creek and Temescal Creek run through here, the former a tributary of the San Dieguito River that runs from Volcan Mountain near Julian to the ocean near Del Mar. Temescal Creek flows into the San Luis Rey River…the city came to own this land in the 1950s as a reservoir site…”

Solana Beach water district board directs staff to plan for 6 percent rate increase / Del Mar Times : “A divided Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors ordered staff to plan for a 6 percent rate increase for 2012 at its meeting on Thursday, May 19, but the public will have a chance to weigh in before the decision becomes final.”

Old water plant in C’bad will be razed / SignOnSanDiego : “Carlsbad has determined that the best way to keep vandals away from the abandoned Calavera Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant is to get rid of it.”

Water costs squeeze San Diego County farms / California Farm Bureau Federation : “This is the first in a series that looks at agricultural water supplies from the end of the supply pipeline in San Diego County. In Part 1, San Diego County farmers offer their perspectives on increasingly troublesome water issues.”

Water restrictions lifted in San Diego / SignOnSanDiego : “The San Diego City Council on Tuesday lifted water restrictions that took effect in 2009 but … landscape irrigation is supposed to be done only before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from June through October, and before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. from November through May.”

Otay Water District approves 2012 budget and rate hikes / East County Magazine : “The budget adopted by the District includes a rate increase of 7.7 percent for water service and a 7.5 percent rate increase for sewer effective January, 2012.”

The Colorado River’s (nonexistent) emergency plan / Voice of San Diego : “Lake Mead, one of two major reservoirs for the Colorado River, recently hit its lowest point since it was filled — a warning sign for a river that gave San Diego 75 percent of its water last year.”

All tomorrow’s water / Two Cathedrals : “Recycled water has returned to prominence as a critical issue during the current survey period. While still a critical issue, desalinated water has declined in relative importance from a high in 2006 of 27 percent to 13 percent in the current survey.”

Fabulous Santee Lakes turn 50 / San Diego Source : “In this day and age of rampant government incompetence, The Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Santee Lakes Project is a standout exception.”

SDG&E project soaks up scarce tap water / SignOnSanDiego : “Managers of big construction projects say they try to use environmentally sound water sources for dust control and soil compaction, but cost and practical complications commonly prevent it.”

Colorado River Citizens Forum: New River is improving / Imperial Valley Press : “More than a dozen people who half-filled the Imperial Irrigation District boardroom heard reports on activities in the works to clean up what some say is the most polluted river in the U.S.”

What you should know about Lake Mead / Voice of San Diego : “The water stored in Lake Mead, the Colorado River reservoir held back by the Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, is absolutely vital to San Diego and the Southwest. Last year, 75 percent of San Diego’s water came from the Colorado.”

ESCONDIDO: City planning $71 million in sewer, water upgrades / North County Times : “Escondido is planning $71 million in upgrades to its water and sewer systems over the next five years that will increase rates paid by residents, but city officials plan to soften the increases by paying for the upgrades with bond financing.”

Environmental agencies reveal complex rules for Ramona drainage fix / Ramona Sentinel : “Several Ramona property owners learned what they can legally do on their own land to alleviate flooding from representatives of environmental agencies at a meeting on May 18 hosted by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob in her El Cajon office.”


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