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San Diego regional water news roundup Nov 24-Dec 10, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 10, 2011

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

Urban ‘cesspool’ turns to showpiece over decades / SignOnSanDiego : “Pollution regulators are grappling with how much sediment to dredge from San Diego Bay as part of a decades-old effort to make its waters safe for fish and people.”

Imperial Irrigation District waits on Quantification Settlement Agreement decision, though changes are needed / Imperial Valley Press : “The district is awaiting a decision from the California 3rd District Appellate Court based in Sacramento on the Quantification Settlement Agreement lawsuit, which has been in court for years. A panel of three judges heard the case Monday, and a decision is expected within 90 days.”

What Went Wrong at the International Wastewater Treatment Plant / Imperial Beach Patch : “A variety of problems kept the secondary treatment plant which opened a year ago from meeting Clean Water Standards. The plant’s ability to to compy is scheduled to be reviewed in February 1212″/em>

Irrigation Association Announces 2011 Awards / Green Industry Pros : “The Irrigation Association presented its annual awards at the 2011 Irrigation Show’s General Session on November 7 in San Diego, CA. These awards recognize individuals and organizations for their efforts to advance irrigation practices, technologies and the industry overall.”

SD storm water plans face new hurdle
/ SignOnSanDiego : “San Diego’s freshly minted storm water system maintenance plans have been appealed to the California Coastal Commission, where staff have found what they describe as substantial issues with the city’s centerpiece strategy for keeping channels clear.”

Border fence designed to stop water-crossers / CNN : “U.S. authorities are replacing a border fence that stretches into the Pacific Ocean after having zeroed in on weaknesses of the barrier.In recent years, the need for a replacement fence arose as migrants attempted to walk around it during low tide or avoided it by boat.”

New Finance Manager for Ramona’s Water District
/ Ramona Patch /span> : “A new finance manager will start at Ramona Municipal Water District on Monday. He’s Richard Hannasch, former chief financial and administrative officer of North County Transit District (NCTD).”

City: We Want Generators to Prevent Sewage Spills
Voice of San Diego : “When the Sept. 8 blackout hit San Diego, it left millions without power and sent millions of gallons of sewage into the ocean. Two key sewage facilities failed because they didn’t have backup generators.”

Boulevard diner under “boil water order” / : “The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health issued the order for the restaurant on Old Highway 80 after tests of the drinking water system identified the presence of total coliform bacteria”

Morning Report: Water Board’s Secrecy / Voice of San Diego : “California’s open-government law requires that public agencies hold their board meetings in public, although there’s a loophole that allows subcommittees to meet privately. The Otay Water District, which serves much of the South Bay, has rammed its way through the loophole in a bid for secrecy and run afoul of the law.”

Court considers Colorado River water agreement / California Farm Bureau Federation : “The QSA compact includes 13 separate contracts, including California’s pledge to live within its 4.4 million acre-foot right to Colorado River water and the Imperial Irrigation District agreement to transfer 200,000 acre-feet of farm water to the San Diego County Water Authority for urban uses.”

Otay still believes in Rosarito water project / SignOnSanDiego : “The Otay Water District’s general manager said the water district is still committed to a proposed desalination plant in Mexico, even if the current partnership steering the project falls apart.”

Tunnel cost increase was overstated / SignOnSandiego : “A story posted on Oct. 29 compared a series of cost figures for the San Diego County Water Authority’s San Vicente tunnel and pipeline system in a misleading way, making the increase in cost seem significantly larger than it was.”

San Dieguito Water District / <span style="color:#800000;">San Dieguito Water District : The San Dieguito Water District provides potable (drinking) and recycled water to over 38,000 citizens in the communities of Leucadia, Old Encinitas, Cardiff and portions of New Encinitas. The remainder of the City is served by the Olivenhain Municipal Water District. The San Dieguito Water District is a subsidiary district of the City of Encinitas. The City Council also serves as the Board of Directors of the District.”

Morena and Wohlford lakes stocked and ready / SignOnSanDiego : “They are a bit of a drive from San Diego, but Morena and Wohlford lakes are worth it this time of year to hit the last county lakes stocked with trout.”

Water Tank at Mt. Woodson Leaking Since 2008; Backup Power Study for Poway Pump Station / Romona Patch : “The water storage tank in the Mount Woodson area has been leaking since Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) first acquired it in 2008 and the board of directors wants to speed up the process for getting it fixed.”

State appellate court rules QSA valid; case to head back to trial / Imperal Valley Press : “The nation’s largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer is a valid agreement, ruled a panel of Sacramento-area judges on Wednesday. However, a final outcome is still a ways off as the Quantification Settlement Agreement was ordered back to the Sacramento Superior Court for a decision on the environmental issues surrounding the case.”

IN RE QUANTIFICATION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT CASES / Legal Eagle : [comprehensive documentation of the case]

Carlsbad desalination project cost keeps rising / North County Times : “How much will the Carlsbad desalination project by Poseidon Resources cost? It could be close to a billion dollars, a number that can be inferred by the company’s latest request to sell tax-exempt bonds through the state.”


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