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San Diego regional water news roundup Nov 1-7, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 8, 2011

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

Investers emerge in Baja water deal / Voice of San Diego : “The Otay Water District had refused for more than a month to say who was involved in a company helping develop the proposal. But names of those involved with the firm, Norte Sur Agua, have slowly been trickling out. The district’s public relations firm announced two more names in a press release sent late Friday night.”

Marines deploy novel sewage treatment plan / SignOnSanDiego : “As San Diego utility leaders consider ways to turn the city’s sewage and stormwater into a resource, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot is pioneering a type of on-site wastewater recycling system that is gaining traction across the country.”

Water Authority corrects mistakes in San Vicente Pipeline news report / San Diego County Water Authority : “A story that ran in The San Diego Union-Tribune on Sunday, October 30 and was subsequently covered by several broadcast media, “Tunnel Costs Rose by $298 Million Over Time,” contained errors that misrepresent the cost of one of the Water Authority’s most important water supply reliability projects, the San Vicente Pipeline.”

Water agency labor cost study reveals pension costs and liabilities skyrocketing / San Diego County Taxpayers Association : “For decades, San Diego County’s water fate has been controlled, in large part, by decisions made at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This first report focuses solely on labor costs at the Metropolitan Water District.”

All dried up in San Diego County / California County News : “Unless Legislators figure out how to make the Salton Sea smaller and less salty—something they promised to figure out long ago—a 2003 water pact between the Imperial Valley and San Diego County could face an end.”

IID board gets QSA budget report / Imperial Valley Press : “It won’t be long before the fate of the largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer [Imperial Valley to San Diego] is decided, but the Imperial Irrigation District is already looking at the tens of millions of dollars it is set to lose should the agreement be ruled invalid.”

Sweetwater Authority to begin consideration of water fluoridation / SignOnSanDiego : “The water district, which provides water service to about 186,000 customers in National City, Bonita and parts of Chula Vista, recently received a letter from the First 5 Commission of San Diego County that offers to provide up to $1 million in funding for fluoridation.”

On behalf of farmers in water district / Ramona Sentinel : “Are the lower water rates that Ramona farmers have received in the past been subsidized by the rest of the water customers? The president of the local water board says they are. Last week he convinced two other directors to vote with him to henceforth stop giving a certain discount to farmers.”

Poway stormwater fee officially dropped / SignOnSanDiego : “The City Council first approved the measure Oct. 18 after the city attorney notified city officials that the charge should have been approved by voters before it was put in place in late 2007.”

Water district to check out contractors / SignOnSanDiego : “The Otay Water District plans to start checking the backgrounds of consultants and other firms in line for district contracts.”

FALLBROOK: Construction of Camp Pendleton/Fallbrook water project still 2 years away / North County Times : “Federal and state environmental studies are behind schedule for the proposed joint water project between the Marine Corps base and the Fallbrook Public Utility District, according to district spokeswoman Noelle Denke.”

“First Flush” Rain Poses Serious Threat to San Diego’s Water Quality / San Diego Coastkeeper : “Known as the single biggest threat to water quality in San Diego, urban runoff creates many negative impacts for San Diego’s coastal waters.”


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