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San Diego regional water news roundup Feb 1-7, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 8, 2012

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

SD company develops flood warning system / : “In December 2010, most of Mission Valley – including Qualcomm Stadium – was flooded. The San Diego River flowed several feet over its banks. Jubach and a team of 10 scientists at the Hydrologic Research Center in Carmel Valley have developed a flash flood early warning detection system.”

Old wastewater treatment plant to be demolished / Carlsbad, CA Patch : “The City of Carlsbad is scrapping the Calavera Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant which was built in 1981 and never used.”

Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Kevin Kelley expands DuMars’ role / Imperial Valley Press : “IID General Manager Kevin Kelley announced Tuesday that he plans to amend environmental attorney Charles T. DuMars’ service to advise the Board of Directors on matters related to a backup plan should the Quantification Settlement Agreement fall through. The QSA is a set of agreements signed in 2003 that transferred IID-entitlement water to coastal areas in San Diego.”

Oceanside supports water lawsuit / U-T San Diego : “The Oceanside City Council voted Wednesday to show its support for San Diego County Water Authority’s ongoing lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District. The agencies supply water for San Diego County, including Oceanside.”

‘Unusual’ wear on new tubes carrying radioactive water at Calif. nuclear plant raises concern / Washington Post : “The integrity of some equipment installed in 2009 at Southern California’s San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant is drawing concern after unusual wear was found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water. The problems at Unit 2 were discovered during inspections of a steam generator, after the plant 45 miles north of San Diego was taken off-line for maintenance and refueling.”

California King Tides Initiative: San Diego’s sinking—let’s take pictures! / San Diego CityBeat : “CCA [California Coastkeeper Alliance] is one of several state and federal agencies, including the California Coastal Commission, that joined last winter to launch the California King Tides Initiative. The local effort is part of a growing campaign worldwide to create a photographic record of sea-level change.”

SAN MARCOS: Creek District would add habitat, build downtown / North County Times : “Permits released by San Marcos officials detail how the city will build a new downtown from scratch while restoring its creek to a natural state….the project will add 80 acres of wetland and other wildlife habitat, and restore the water quality and hydrology of the creek, now listed as “impaired” under the federal Clean Water Act.”

Water Talks: building and securing water reliability / San Diego County Water Authority : “On January 31, 2012, the Water Authority and co-host South County Economic Development Council, held a community forum to discuss emergency water supplies. Presenters included Board Chair Michael T. Hogan, Deputy General Manager Frank Belock and Operations and Maintenance Manager John Galleher.” [includes links to videos of each speaker]

Restoring Lake Jacumba / East County Magazine : “…a town support group called the Revitalization Alliance set about to rehabilitate and fill the lake, surrounding trails and park…the National, State and San Diego Audubon Society, State Fish and Game and The US Wildlife Service have heard about and are now promoting lake rehabilitation.”

Publicly funded dog training pond proposal: boondoggle or just ducky? / East County Magazine : “Hunting groups contend that the funds include habitat improvement and that creating the first water-training facility for hunting dogs in San Diego County is an appropriate use of monies…But residents near the site on the former Honey Springs Ranch in Jamul contend groundwater pumping could drain their wells.”

IID approves cost-sharing agreement for QSA mitigation change / Imperial Valley Press : “The cost-sharing agreement will allow the district to finalize an environmental review process required to change Salton Sea mitigation requirements. Though the cost-sharing agreement with San Diego County Water Authority vote was divided, the board passed it 3-2, splitting costs at $1.5 million for the IID and $900,000 for SDCWA.”

Rainbow Water announces opening for Division 1 Director Fallbrook Village News : “The Rainbow Municipal Water District is accepting applications from residents of Division 1 who are interested in being appointed to the district’s governing board. Division 1 is in the southern portion of the district, and incorporates the community of Bonsall.”

Liberty Quarry public hearing draws large crowd – some voice concern; some voice support / Fallbrook Village News : “The project zone would lie just north of the boundary separating Riverside and San Diego counties, east of the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and west of Temecula. Temecula City Councilman Ron Roberts said, “The mine will kill that mountain. The quarry will drain away the ground water and just suck the life out of vegetation…”


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