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San Diego regional water news roundup Nov 16-23, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 24, 2011

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

SD river rats find national voice for project / SignOnSanDiego : “A pair of San Diego based explorer-conservationists are the 2012 “readers of the year” for Outside magazine, boosting their national prominence as they launch a new campaign to document the condition of waterways across the country.”

Olivenhain water district board accepting applications / SignOnSanDiego : “Residents interested in serving the remainder of Mark Muir’s term on the Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s board of directors have until 5 p.m. Dec. 2 to submit an application.”

Lawsuit halts Tijuana flood control work, again / SignOnSanDiego : “A nonprofit group has challenged San Diego’s plans to dredge flood-prone areas in the Tijuana River Valley, saying the city didn’t properly review environmental impacts.”

‘Managing Water’ event on tap for January 6 / SDSU : “With water supply being such a critical issue in the area, SDSU’s College of Extended Studies will host “Managing Water: Careers, Legislation, and New Trends,” featuring a panel of industry experts Friday, January 6 from 8-11 am in the Extended Studies Center.”

Future of San Diego water source in doubt / SignOnSanDiego : “Environmental damage to the Salton Sea is among the contested issues regarding a water transfer from the Imperial Valley to the San Diego region.”

Court case highlights questions about Salton Sea’s future / Los Angeles Times : “Appellate judges will hear arguments over a 2003 deal allowing transfer of Colorado River water…The 75-year pact allows the Imperial Irrigation District to transfer some of its massive share of the Colorado River to the San Diego County Water Authority.”

Courts weighs scrapping huge California water pact / Associated Press : “A California appeals court is considering whether to overturn a landmark 2003 agreement that created the nation’s largest farm-to-city water transfer…”

Imperial and San Diego file petition on Salton Sea mitigation water / Bay Delta Blog : “The petition (PDF) asks the State Board to eliminate the requirement for mitigation water from the year 2014 to 2017…”

Water rates to go up 6 percent in January / Del Mar Times : “A sharply divided water board Nov. 17 approved a 6 percent rate increase as of Jan. 1 for customers in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch.”

State judge may lean toward San Diego water transfer / SignOnSanDiego : “Judging from his sharp line of questioning Monday, a state appeals court justice appeared reluctant to toss out a landmark agreement that cleared the way for a vast new supply of Imperial Valley water to flow to the San Diego region.”

Gov. Brown appoints three to regional water panel / SignOnSanDiego : “The most pressing matter before the water board, which enforces water-quality laws, is how to clean up toxic sediment in San Diego Bay.”

Water Authority now placing concrete to raise main San Vicente Dam / San Diego County Water Authority : “Major construction on the San Diego County Water Authority’s San Vicente Dam Raise project has reached its biggest phase. Concrete placement to raise the main dam at the San Vicente Reservoir by 117 feet is now under way.”


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