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San Diego regional water news roundup Jun 22-30, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 1, 2011

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

Global warming and droughts not new information; project opponents must fairly present claims before filing CEQA lawsuit / JDSupra : “Citizens for Responsible Equitable Environmental Development v. City of San Diego: the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District upheld an Addendum to an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR Addendum”) over claims that the lead agency failed to follow statutory procedures for adopting a Water Supply Assessment (“WSA”)…”

IID updates on Salton Sea, QSA / Imperial Valley Press : “Imperial Irrigation District directors have asked for contingency plans in case the nation’s largest agricultural-to-urban water transfer doesn’t last. These talks have come to focus on the broader issue of fortifying the joint powers authority established by the QSA to mitigate effects of fallowing to the Salton Sea.”

County water conservation praised as rates rise again / SignOnSanDiego : “The frustrating paradox of water conservation re-emerged on Thursday when a think tank praised residents across the Southwest for trimming per-capita water use while county water officials march toward another rate increase…”

Sanders pledges to swallow water rate increase / SignOnSanDiego : “San Diego leaders said Thursday that the city utility department would absorb nearly $9 million in increased water supply costs during the first half of 2012 to give residents a respite from a four-year series of rate hikes.”

Salton Sea agency supports plan for more power / Imperial Valley Press : “The bill is partially in reaction to the state budget proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to eliminate the Salton Sea Restoration Council…”

Poseidon clears legal hurdle for desal plant / SignOnSanDiego : “”While Poseidon may want the community to think this marks the end to legal challenges to the project, that is not the case,” said Marco Gonzalez, an attorney representing the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation.”

Ocean Beach’s water quality at Dog Beach good enough? / OB Rag : “On a Tuesday, after a long week-end, the dog piles on Ocean Beach Dog Beach will be numerous. With no weekly measuring safeguard, it places even greater responsibility on dog owners to remove any risk of pollution by picking up all dog waste.”

Restoration project to flood salt ponds in July; wetlands return moves toward final stages / Imperial Beach Patch : “Just north of Imperial Beach in San Diego Bay, 250 acres that used to belong to the century old Western Salt Company is being restored to wetlands and natural habitat. By mid-July, after years of preparation, the Salt Pond Restoration Project will be ready to move into its final stages.”

Supervisors approve water-quality monitoring program / Poway Patch : “The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a two-year agreement to continue a state-mandated beach water-quality monitoring program on Wednesday.”


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