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San Diego regional water news roundup Jun 6-12, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 13, 2011

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

Water worries grow on Colorado River / SignOnSanDiego : “Drought conditions lasting 5 or more years will persist 40 percent of the time over the next five decades on the Colorado River, according to a federal analysis released Monday.”

Opinion: what’s at stake with the County Water Authority’s plan? / Voice of San Diego : “Right now, our region has a golden opportunity to maximize the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of ensuring our future water supply, as the San Diego County Water Authority and other water districts in our region are developing their individual Urban Water Management Plans (UWMP), as required by state law.”

As water prices rise, farmers face the ‘tipping point’ / California Farm Bureau Federation : “This is the third part in a series that looks at agricultural water supplies from the end of the supply pipeline in San Diego County. This installment considers the implications of soaring water costs in San Diego County and what that may mean for other California farmers and ranchers.”

Federal funds help desalting plant increase local water output / The Coast News : “OCEANSIDE — The Mission Basin Desalting Facility will soon supply residents with an additional 1,600 acre-feet of local water per year thanks to $1.38 million in grant funds that will go towards a facility pump. The pump will allow the facility to operate at full capacity year-round and increase water output by about 25 percent.”

Helix Water to hear final rate study June 15; water rates slated to rise / East County Magazine : “Helix projects its cost to buy water from regional suppliers will increase 16.5 percent over the next year, necessitating the rate increases in the view of other board members. The district has already cut 10% of its work force…”

County says Rainbow Water damaging roadway / Fallbrook Village News : “Representatives of the County of San Diego Department of Public Works (DPW) have stated their concern over damage occurring to Pala Mesa area roads that they attribute to an increased number of Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) trucks traveling it in order to work on the six million gallon Pala Mesa Tank Project…”

Water authority sets hearing for rate increases / Fallbrook Village News : “The San Diego County Water Authority (CWA) board set a June 23 hearing date to approve increased rates and charges for the upcoming year. The CWA’s water rates are based on a melded rate involving delivery of water from MWD and water purchased from the Imperial Irrigation District under the quantification settlement agreement.”

Warring water agencies should tone down rhetoric / Sacramento Bee : “Metropolitan and the San Diego County Water Authority have feuded since the 1940s, when they were joined in a shotgun wedding. They now are in their fourth round of litigation. San Diego filed its latest lawsuit last year, but now it is doubling down with a PR blitz.”

Take a hike: Lake Morena trail / SignOnSanDiego : “Its 3,250 acres of chaparral, oak woods and grasslands lie just southwest of the Laguna Mountains. Its centerpiece is Lake Morena, a reservoir owned by the city of San Diego that is the highest and most remote of the city’s reservoirs.”

Stormwater runoff under control at San Diego surfing beach / Environment News Service “A popular La Jolla surfing beach next to Scripps Institution of Oceanography is cleaner than it was a year ago after completion of a $4.9 million award-winning water pollution control project that has become a model for the state.”


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