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San Diego regional water news roundup Jan 9-16, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 17, 2012

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

District to explore uses for Lake Ramona / Ramona Sentinel : “Nearly 24 years after the dedication of Lake Ramona, the Ramona Municipal Water District will explore possible uses for the body of water that Director Everett “Red” Hager called a “white elephant.””

Water authority signs 55-year habitat plan / U-T San Diego : “San Diego County Water Authority leaders have agreed with state and federal agencies on a 55-year plan to conserve open space while allowing for continued construction of water-supply infrastructure.”

Salton Sea Restoration Council to be cut? / The Desert Sun : “The state council charged with reviving the Salton Sea Recreational Area may be eliminated to save the state $9.2 billion.”

City’s youth contests encourage long-term “Wise Water-Use” ethic / Scoop San Diego : “Students are filming, drawing and designing their way to enter three contests now underway that focus on using water wisely and creating a more sustainable community. The contests attracting these artistic talents are the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department’s Water Conservation Poster Contest and Film Contest, and UCSD’s Hydration Station Design Competition contest.”

Imperial Irrigation District looks at new Salton Sea environmental mitigation plan / Imperial Valley Press : “Throughout the coming months, the Imperial Irrigation District will prepare a new plan for Salton Sea mitigation should the district be able to sell more water to cover project costs. District staff will get back to the board, possibly as soon as next week with a cost-sharing analysis with San Diego County Water Authority to cover those costs…”

Water wholesaler sets hearing for proposed rate increase / Press Enterprise : “Water rates could increase over the next couple years under a proposal by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the wholesaler that supplies most Inland water agencies. Metropolitan is considering a price hike of 7.5 percent in 2013 and 5 percent in 2014.”

Coastal water pollution prevention treatment controls / UCSD Blink : “The La Jolla Shores marine environment has been designated by the State Water Resources Control Board as an Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) and Critical Coastal Area (CCA). To protect the ASBS, UC San Diego partnered with the City of San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper, and the State Water Resources Control Board to develop and implement the La Jolla Shores Coastal Watershed Management program to reduce or prevent pollutants associated with urban run-off from going into the ocean.”

County of Imperial to continue legal challenge to water transfer / Imperial Valley Press : “Imperial County will appeal to the state Supreme Court to review a state court of appeal’s decision validating the quantification settlement agreement and seek to be “the party that decides whether the water transfers produce an unreasonable economic or environmental impact,” according to a press statement.”

Adding up the water deficit / LA Times : “Southern Californians are used to turning on the tap, or the sprinklers, and getting the water they want. Their ability to do so depends, in large part, on the Colorado River and the reservoir it feeds, Lake Mead. In 2008, Tim Barnett and David Pierce, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, wrote that the lake — a lifeline not just for Southern California but for much of the desert Southwest — would soon teeter at the brink of failure.”

IID granted discovery in MWD/SDCWA lawsuit / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District has entered the fray to fight over rates between San Diego and Los Angeles in order to keep its water transfer process and time frame going. Now a court in San Francisco will allow the local water agency’s lawyers to look closer at what makes up the Los Angeles utility group’s rate to San Diego and see whether all line items are legal.”

Managing water: careers, legislation, & new trends / SDSU College of Extended Studies : “On January 6, San Diego State University College of Extended Studies held their 4th Annual Green Event focusing on the issues of water, water careers, and water management in San Diego County.”


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