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San Diego regional water news roundup Mar 8-15, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 15, 2012

A selected roundup of news related to the San Diego regional water supply system. Click headlines for the full story at originating website.

Paying through the nose for imported water / North County Times : “The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is grossly overcharging our regional wholesaler, the San Diego County Water Authority, exposing ratepayers to tens of millions of dollars annually in disproportionate costs. This is money right out of your pocket.”

Campaign slams regional water district / U-T San Diego : “The San Diego County Water Authority has turned frustration with the Metropolitan Water District into a full-fledged public relations campaign in hopes of avoiding more regional rate increases set for a vote next week.”

Regulators ready to force bay cleanup / U-T San Diego : “Top water pollution regulators are poised this week to force an unprecedented cleanup of San Diego Bay, and there’s a sense among participants that the plan may avoid endless legal appeals after a major reduction in its scope.”

Water agencies’ feud ramps up / U-T San Diego : “San Diego County water officials claimed Monday to have uncovered evidence of a “shadow government” that secretly controls key budget decisions for the Metropolitan Water District as part of a coordinated campaign to discredit the county water authority’s push for more independence and lower rates.”

North County protesters tell MWD board they’re tired of high water rates / North County Times : “Skyrocketing water rates imposed by the Metropolitan Water District are hurting San Diego County residents, especially the elderly and those with low incomes, officials from local cities and water agencies said Monday at a public hearing.”

“Shadow government” controls water rates, San Diego County Water Authority says / North County Times : “A “secret shadow government” within Southern California’s largest water wholesaler, called the “Secret Society,” has pushed millions in unjustified extra charges onto San Diego County ratepayers, the San Diego County Water Authority said Monday.”

Public Records Reveal Shadow Government Controlling the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California / San Diego County Water Authority : “Documents obtained under the California Public Records Act from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and a majority of its member public water agencies and cities have revealed that those agencies joined together in a secret shadow government to control water rates and other decisions at California’s largest public water agency and to discriminate against the San Diego County Water Authority and its ratepayers.”

Underground storage for Santee water? Experts eye old aquifer for Padre Dam
/ Santee Patch : “Federal scientists Tuesday began work to see if Santee has storage capacity for up to 10 percent of the city’s water needs.”

Met delays water rate hike opposed by San Diego / U-T San Diego : “The Metropolitan Water District Tuesday postponed final action on a proposed rate increase, but the vote belied strained tensions between the wholesaler and the San Diego County Water Authority.”

Supreme Court supports San Diego water transfer / U-T San Diego: “The state Supreme Court without comment Wednesday upheld the ongoing transfer of water from Imperial Valley farmers to San Diego County. But in doing so the court untied only one of many legal knots involving the water sale and broader 2003 seven-state pact to share the Colorado River.”

QSA will not be heard at Supreme Court / Imperial Valley Press : “The Quantification Settlement Agreement won’t be heard at the state Supreme Court level, according to a ruling made by the highest court in the state. As it stands the Appellate Court ruling is now final, and the case is being sent back to the Superior Court for further proceedings”

Regional Water Quality Control Board unanimously adopts San Diego Bay cleanup / Scoop San Diego : “San Diego Coastkeeper and Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) salute the Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) on unanimously ordering a cleanup of the 143,400 cubic yards of toxic sediments from the bottom of San Diego Bay.”


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