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San Diego regional water news roundup Jan 1-8, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 8, 2012

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

‘Disappearing’ park in need of erosion control / U-T San Diego : “Across Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, fast-flowing water has carved chasms in the iconic seaside spot so that one prominent website recently named it one of the nation’s top five “disappearing places.””

Court upholds some pre-trial claims by Metropolitan Water / San Diego Source : “The hearing is scheduled to continue Friday at 2 p.m., when the court is expected to consider Imperial Irrigation District’s motion to obtain discovery relating to the original action challenging the rates and Metropolitan’s motion to bifurcate the initial rate challenge from the remaining causes of action.”

Split decision in water rate case / UT San Diego : “Both San Diego County and Metropolitan Water District officials claimed elements of victory after a court hearing Wednesday in their high-stakes case over Southern California water rates.”

Sewer and development / Ramona Sentinel : “Ramona Municipal Water District’s sewer District’s sewer (Santa Maria plant) is currently operating at 110 percent of its rated capacity. This caused a sewer “spill” incident in December 2010 putting Santa Maria Creek in dangerous peril. So how are developments being proposed and passed in Ramona where additional sewage will be generated?”

MWD Rate Challenge / San Diego County Water Authority : “On January 4, 2012, San Francisco Judge Richard A. Kramer ruled that three of the Water Authority’s additional causes of action will be heard as part of its lawsuit challenging the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s 2011 and 2012 water rates.”

City staff’s response was key in containing recent sewage spill / Encinitas Patch : ““The failure occurred close to an open swale on Manchester Avenue, into which an estimated 677,600 gallons of sewage spilled,” he said. “We knew we had only about 45 minutes to manage the incident before the leak began flooding out to the lagoon…”

Is Southern California Finally Getting Serious About Its Water Crisis? / Time : “authorities are once again saying the time has come for a change. They say they’re going to follow through. Should we believe them? Maybe. Simply because Southern California may no longer have a choice but to stop its lavish ways.”

Water Talks: Building and Securing Water Reliability / San Diego County Water Authority : “The Water Authority and the South County EDC will host a community forum on January 31 about the region’s plans for water in an emergency situation and how we maintain our pipelines daily. Find out more about the event and how to RSVP here.”


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