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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 8-14, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 15, 2011

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

Otay district’s peers offer lesser benefits / SignOnSanDiego : “The Watchdog set out to compare Otay’s health benefits with other districts. Out of 16 water districts in the county, three others offer lifetime health care to recruits, and the costs are capped at two of them.”

Q&A: A conversation with Santa Fe Irrigation District General Manager Michael Bardin / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “We sat down with Santa Fe general manager Michael Bardin to discuss the issues facing the district as it moves beyond the recent drought and works to continue carrying out its mission of providing water to customers.”

Ramona water board hears budget update / Ramona Patch : “An update of the Ramona Municipal Water District’s preliminary operating budget was presented to the board of directors by David Barnum, assistant general manager, at the meeting on July 26.”

Water district’s health benefits grow while others shrink / Voice of San Diego : “To hear from those who support it, everything about the Otay Water District’s plan to boost employees’ retirement benefits makes the move sound like a no-brainer.”

Oceanside planning to get water locally / SignOnSanDiego : “The council will consider…allowing the city’s Mission Basin Desalting Facility to work near its capacity…also will look into building another desalination facility.”

Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors votes to hire lawyer for QSA / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to direct the general manager to negotiate hiring Charles T. DuMars to help create a Quantification Settlement Agreement contingency plan should the current set of agreements be thrown out.”

New research vessel would be point of pride for San Diego / San Diego Source : “One of the lesser-known superlatives about San Diego is that it is home to the largest oceanographic research fleet in the United States. Now Scripps has a shot at a new regional-class vessel, but first must win another fierce national contest against other oceanographic institutions, this time competing for a ship to be funded by the National Science Foundation.”

Former prosecutor brings new attitude to Coastkeeper / SignOnSanDiego : “After a career chasing environmental criminals, Gale Filter is settling into his new post atop one of the region’s most prominent conservation groups, San Diego Coastkeeper.”

Toxins troubling in fish from several county areas / SignOnSanDiego : “Contaminant loads were heaviest in San Diego Bay, a spot that’s long been known as a toxic hot spot much like other industrial and military hubs across the country.”


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