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San Diego regional water news roundup Jul 9-17, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 18, 2011

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

Bureau of Reclamation still undecided on Salton Sea mitigation water / Imperial Valley Press : “…the bureau is aware that it needs to account for the water released into the Salton Sea, but it’s going to defer making that accounting decision while talks continue…”

San Diego Coastkeeper announces new executive director / San Diego Coastkeeper : “Filter comes to San Diego from his role as deputy director of enforcement and emergency response for the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control.”

City’s back in the bond game / Voice of San Diego : “The bulk of this year’s financing focused on the city’s water and wastewater systems. The city had to repay short-term private loans and upgrade water and wastewater facilities to maintain federal and state environmental standards…”

IID could bring in “fresh blood” for second opinion on QSA / Imperial Valley Press : “Imperial Irrigation District Director John Pierre Menvielle wants a second opinion on where the district stands in regard to the nation’s largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer.”

S.D. stormwater program under review / SignOnSanDiego : “There are four more public meetings about the proposal, a prior version of which was endorsed by the city’s Planning Commission in May 2010. Environmentalists appealed that decision to the City Council, starting a process by the city Storm Water Division to refine its strategy. “

San Diego Coastkeeper water quality monitoring embarks on bioassessment / San Diego Coastkeeper : “Our monthly water monitoring program looks at the chemical constituents found in the county’s creeks and streams. Our water monitoring lab intern, Matt Pawinski, accompanied the field techs at Nautilus Environmental and put together a video describing the process.”

District holds steady on water rates, proposes other increases / Ramona Sentinel : “For the first time since 2003, the Ramona Municipal Water District will not be increasing the cost of treated water rates, said Assistant General Manager David Barnum.”

Padre Dam Water District makes major cuts / 10News : “…the district’s board of directors approved a deficit elimination plan that will cover an estimated $3.5 million budget deficit.”

Water Authority sues contractors over Lake Hodges work / North County Times : “The San Diego County Water Authority has sued several companies it hired for projects to connect Lake Hodges with Olivenhain Reservoir.”

New website for Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter / : “The dramatically redesigned website, created by a team of activists, and designed by a local web design firm, offers easier navigation, and the ability for the activists to upload their own content.”

Otay water district to grant lifetime health care to managers / SignOnSanDiego : “The district says the cost of the lifetime benefits will be offset by increasing employee pension contributions from 1 percent of salary to 8 percent.”

From humble beginnings: The Imperial Irrigation District celebrates 100 years / Imperial Valley Press : “Yet, some say that even though the Imperial Irrigation District has the largest water right on the lower Colorado River, it doesn’t have the population to be a political powerhouse at the state or national level.”


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