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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 23-31, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 1, 2011

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

Carlsbad debates agreement over Poseidon’s desalination plant / KPBS : “Carlsbad is the last of nine San Diego cities to reach agreement with the County Water Authority (CWA) on a complicated deal to subsidize the desalination plant.”

Imperial Irrigation District board to discuss QSA issues, and cross-border power line / Imperial Valley Press : “…the board will look into a scope of work and timeline for hiring water lawyer Charles DuMars to help come up with a “Plan B” for the Quantification Settlement Agreement…”

OCEANSIDE: City moves to expand local water supply / North County Times : “Within the next month, the city will start construction on a new pumping station that will boost the amount of locally produced water to as much as 24 percent.”

San Vicente Dam raise halfway done / San Diego Source : “The dam raise is included in the fourth phase of a $1.5 billion overall storage project, which was designed to provide an insurance to the region of up to six months of stored water that can be tapped in the event of a natural disaster or severe drought.”

Restoration project changes look Of SD Bay / KGTV : “A massive San Diego Bay restoration project a decade in the making has reached a major milestone.”

Public uproar halts water rate increase / SignOnSanDiego : “Conceding to heavy public pressure, the Sweetwater Authority water board backed off a plan Wednesday to impose a 2.5 percent rate hike on South County customers, leaving the agency with a $700,000 budget gap and opening the possibility for an even greater rate increase later.”

California desal plant irks enviros / High Country News : “…in the case of Poseidon’s Carlsbad plant, Surfrider argues use of open ocean cooling water intakes by power plants is an outdated technology.”

Water use ticks up as officials craft supply, demand plans / SignOnSanDiego : “Regional consumption from January through July is down by about 13 percent compared to the same period in 2009, with an uptick of a half-percent over the same months last year. The increase over 2010 is tied to warmer weather this summer.”

La Jolla homes without water after main break / KGTV : “A water main broke Friday in La Jolla, leaving about 45 homes without water.”

RMWD postpones public hearing on rates / Ramona Patch : “Clerical error causes 10,050 letters to be reissued to water district customers, pushing 45-day deadline to late October.”

Officials assess water contamination after sewage spill in Escondido, authorities say / North County Times : “Part of Cardiff State Beach remained closed Wednesday as authorities continued to monitor waterways contaminated earlier this week when more than 250,000 gallons of raw sewage leaked from a wastewater treatment plant in Escondido, officials said.”

Draft environmental study for Salton Sea habitat released / Department of Water Resources : “California Natural Resources Agency announces release of draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Salton Sea Species Conservation Habitat Project.”


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