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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 1-6, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 7, 2011

(A selective roundup of regional water news reports. Click headline to read full story at originating website.)

CARLSBAD: City, power plant owners in conflict over sewer project / North County Times : “Carlsbad’s Planning Commission will take another look Wednesday at a sewer station project that owners of the Encina Power Station have said is poorly planned and encroaches onto their proposed site for a 558-megawatt power plant.”

Power outage costs water district $17K / Ramona Sentinel : “Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) has determined that it incurred at least $17,000 in overtime and other operational costs from the San Diego Gas & Electric power outage on Sept. 8. “We will be filing a claim with SDG&E…””

Water board gives up on Bargar plant / Ramona Sentinel : “After about four years of working with third party firms and spending approximately $380,000, Ramona Municipal Water District directors have agreed to no longer pursue a plan to bring the out-of-service Bargar water treatment plant into operation for use as a water source in emergencies.”

Del Mar restoration brings nutrients, wildlife / Del Mar Times : “Contractors removed an earthen dam on Sept. 29 near Del Mar Dog Beach, allowing tidal flows to make contact with the San Dieguito wetlands for the first time in many decades.”

Adjust irrigation controllers this fall to reduce water waste / San Diego County Water Authority : “Fall also is an ideal time for replacing water-intensive landscapes with more water-efficient “WaterSmart” landscapes that feature best practices in design, irrigation, plant choices and maintenance.”

IID director, residents question new QSA plan B / Imperial Valley Press : “Nearly every seat in the IID’s William Condit Auditorium in El Centro was filled with farmers, lawyers and other interested parties while still others lined the back wall, waiting to hear Charles T. DuMars talk about the plan B process for the QSA that DuMars’ New Mexico-based law firm will be working on in the coming months.”

CARLSBAD: Commission backs Agua Hedionda area sewer project / North County Times : “Carlsbad’s Planning Commission gave its backing Wednesday for the second time to a proposed sewer station project that the owners of the Encina Power Station find lacking.”

Valley Voice: IID’s proposal is a realistic approach to saving the sea / : “The Imperial Irrigation District’s planned petition to the State Water Resources Control Board regarding Salton Sea mitigation water has generated more heat than light.”

Sewage spills: what the mayoral candidates say / Voice of San Diego : “Continuing our polling of San Diego’s declared mayoral candidates, we asked them for their plans to avert future backup failures. Do they support investing in backup systems even if it means an increase in fees for residents?”

Surfrider’s water scarcity meeting includes David Zetland / San Diego Reader : “Native Californian David Zetland (author of The End of Abundance) addressed the group and discussed how “simple innovative approaches can close the gap between water supply and demand.””


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