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San Diego regional water news roundup Jan 24-31, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 31, 2012

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

SD targets sewage spills with $12m plan / U-T San Diego : “More than four months after the regional blackout led to two massive sewage spills in San Diego, city wastewater officials are rolling out a roughly $12 million strategy to prevent a repeat.”

IID talks over cost-sharing agreement for Salton Sea environmental review; vote scheduled for next week / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District is taking a courageous step that the state and other water agencies aren’t willing to make for environmental mitigation at the Salton Sea, said Charles DuMars, an environmental attorney out of New Mexico. “This board is taking the lead with San Diego as a partner…”

Carlos Lugo, Helix Water District veteran engineer, named General Manager / Lemon Grove Patch : “Carlos Lugo of Poway, an employee for two decades of the Helix Water District, has been promoted to general manager of the East County agency, whose current annual budget is $67.4 million. He is the first Latino to head the water district, which dates to 1885, said Kate Breece, a district spokeswoman.”

REGION: Cities ask state to release lagoon report / North County Times : “Saying they’re concerned about the possible death of Buena Vista Lagoon, city leaders in Oceanside and Carlsbad are asking the state to release a key environmental document that could guide restoration efforts and put the lagoon in line for critical funding attached to the widening of Interstate 5.”

Water district engineering consultant fees increased by 67 percent / Ramona Patch : “A new engineer has been added to Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) through its consultant, Dudek & Associates, of Encinitas, increasing the annual fees to $300,000. That’s an increase of 67 percent, up from the previous not-to-exceed amount of $180,000.”

Draft Carlsbad desal agreement to be ready by spring, says Water Authority / North County Times : “The San Diego County Water Authority said Thursday it expects to release this spring a final draft agreement to buy desalinated water from Poseidon Resources Corp. Member water agencies and the public would have 60 days to review the draft agreement…”

New certificate program focuses on water-related occupations / San Diego State University : “SDSU’s College of Extended Studies has jumped to the forefront by providing the groundwork for a water industry career through its new Professional Certificate in Water Management and Landscape Sustainability program that was launched during the spring semester.”

Padre Dam board appoints 2012 officers / East County Magazine : “The Board of Directors of Padre Dam Municipal Water District appointed officers for 2012. The Board unanimously reappointed Bill Pommering as president, Augie Caires as vice president, and Doug Wilson as treasurer. Committee members were also appointed for 2012.”

San Diego Coastkeeper hosts 5th annual Walk the Watershed on March 31 / Mission Times Courier : “On March 31 from 8:30 a.m. – noon, San Diego Coastkeeper combines education and fun, while hosting its 5th Annual Walk the Watershed event at Otay Valley Regional Park. The free event will engage participants and students with fun activities to restore our watersheds and understand how inland pollution affects our ocean.”

Cameras to monitor impacts of sand-replenishment work / U-T San Diego : “San Diego Surfrider is deploying high-tech tools to look for altered waves along the county’s coastline linked to a $23 million beach sand-replenishment project.”


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