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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 15-23, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 24, 2011

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

SD Coastkeeper launches ‘Pollution Patrollers’ program / theLog : “In the new initiative, a team of trained volunteers will search for sources of pollution in San Diego County that contribute to urban runoff.”

CARLSBAD: First half of 2012 new target for Poseidon, water authority deal / North County Times : “The San Diego County Water Authority expects it can conclude a deal by the first half of 2012 to buy desalinated water from a desalination plant that Poseidon Resources Corp. plans to build in Carlsbad, a top official at the authority said Wednesday.”

San Diego County Water Authority executes $94.5 million senior lien bond sale / Yahoo! Finance : “The San Diego County Water Authority this week completed a $94.5 million bond sale that will help reduce the cost of financing vital water supply reliability projects by $5.2 million on a present-value basis over the life of the bonds.”

Editorial: Step up efforts to save the Salton Sea / : “The sea has been slowly shrinking for decades, growing in salinity and exposing more of the lake bed…The situation will get worse in 2018, when millions of gallons of Colorado River water will be transferred from agricultural use in the Imperial and Coachella valleys to urban use in San Diego.”

Water rustling riles neighbors in Boulevard as groundwater pumping continues despite county ban / East County Magazine : “The Live Oak Holding Company is in hot water with the County of San Diego after it allegedly took part in unlawful groundwater sales for the construction of a new Border Patrol complex off of Ribbonwood road in Boulevard.”

Innovative project provides power and water for region / SignOnSanDiego : “A 28,000-horsepower turbine at Lake Hodges started churning out power this month as part of what water officials call the only project of its kind in the region.”

Imperial Irrigation District seeks to cut off Salton Sea / : “IID’s board of directors on Sept.13 approved a resolution to seek state approval to stop its flow of Colorado River water into the Salton Sea by the end of 2013.”

Carmel Valley: Work to correct on-ramp flooding set to begin Oct. 10 / Del Mar Times : “About a year after flooding was discovered on the Carmel Mountain Road on-ramp to Interstate 5, repair work will finally begin around Oct. 10…a pool of water has remained on the outside lane most of the year due to an underground pipe failure.”

Fitch affirms Olivenhain MWD, CA’s water rev bonds at ‘AA+’; outlook stable / Market Watch : “OMWD is located in the suburbs 30 miles north of downtown San Diego. The district includes portions of the cities of Encinitas, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Carlsbad and other affluent communities.”

Social media emerges as potential next step in water re-use efforts / San Diego Source : “After years of contemplation, the city of San Diego moved forward earlier this year on the Water Purification Demonstration Project, which in its one-year test phase will determine if wastewater can be safely treated and routed back into the drinking supply…WaterMatch [new social media website] should make projects like that more easy to roll out…”

Water board adopts $28 million budget / Ramona Sentinel : “In an unusual circumstance, the board will not be adopting new water and sewer rates until after a public hearing on Oct. 25…While the proposed treated water rate is to remain the same as last year, the untreated rate shows an increase of 60 cents per unit, a 22 percent increase.”

EPA offical touts border environmental drive / SignOnSanDiego : “The Southwest’s top environmental regulator toured the southern edge of San Diego County on Wednesday to promote an eight-year plan for improving water supplies, air quality and energy efficiency along the 2,000-mile boundary between the United States and Mexico. The current Border 2012 program expires next year. It’s credited with helping to reduce flooding, improve estuaries, boost drinking water supplies, remove junk tires and prompt other upgrades in the region.”

Water authority says Met created ‘secret cabal’ on rates / SignOnSanDiego : “Board members of the Metropolitan Water District created a “secret cabal” to shift expenses to local residents, the San Diego County Water Authority said in court papers ahead of a Thursday hearing in San Francisco. The Imperial Irrigation District and the consumers network, best known as UCAN, joined the case in support of the water authority.”

Anatomy of a sewage spill: San Diego Explained / Voice of San Diego : “How did about two million gallons of sewage spill during the big recent power outage? In this week’s San Diego Explained, our Scott Lewis and NBC7 San Diego’s Catherine Garcia look at how the system allowed it to happen and what changes might be up next.”

Oceanside hoping to get water locally, keep rates low / SignOnSanDiego : “Administrators for Oceanside’s Utilities Department, an approximately $90 million a year operation, laid out on Tuesday plans to improve the way the city provides water and sewage services that included going green and having low rates relative to other water agencies.”

Sewage spill reported at San Onofre nuclear station / 10News : “An estimated 7,000-gallon sewage spill occurred Wednesday at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Southern California Edison and San Diego County officials announced Friday.”

Pollution warning at Del Mar beach after sewage spill / KFMB : “A spill of about 1,000 gallons of sewage fouled a stretch of North County ocean coastline Friday…”

Update: San Onofre beach reopens, but with warning / Orange County Register : “San Onofre State Beach reopened the gate to popular Surf Beach on Friday afternoon but is advising visitors against entering the water until San Diego County health officials declare the water safe after a sewage spill from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.”


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