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San Diego regional water news roundup Mar 16-23, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 23, 2012

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

Desalination project partner not bailing out / U-T San Diego : “A partner in a proposed Mexican desalination plant that Otay Water District hopes to make its primary source of drinking water announced that it would stick with the project, reversing course from plans to pull out of the venture.”

City contesting $1.6 million sewage fine / North County Times : “Oceanside officials are contesting a fine of about $1.6 million that water quality regulators want to impose for a December 2010 pipeline break that spewed 5.35 million gallons of raw sewage into Buena Vista Creek and the Pacific Ocean.”

Salton Sea restoration returned to the Salton Sea Authority / Holtville Tribune : “The County Board of Supervisors supports the elimination of the Salton Sea Restoration Council and return those responsibilities to the Salton Sea Authority. AB 939 would transfer the restoration of the Salton Sea to the SSA, a local joint powers authority that the County of Imperial is a partner.”

SeaWorld cited for exceeding Mission Bay effluent limits / San Diego Reader : “Time is running out for the public to comment on a $6000 settlement agreement reached between the California Regional Water Control Board and SeaWorld LLC regarding agency findings that the company’s San Diego aquatic park exceeded legal amounts of ammonia ending up in Mission Bay.”

IID board hears DuMars findings / Imperial Valley Press : “The amount of water required to be transferred by the Imperial Irrigation District to urban areas may never be available. The local water district should never have been considered wasteful of water, a decision that lead to the largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer. All of these and more were findings presented by lawyer Charles T. DuMars as he made recommendations on where the district’s highly litigated and politicized water transfer should go from here.”

Five takeaways from a big water fight / Voice of San Diego : “For almost two years, Metropolitan and the County Water Authority have been locked in a legal battle over the rates Metropolitan charges for its water. The authority, which is a member of Metropolitan, sued the agency in 2010, alleging that Metropolitan overcharged San Diego by tens of millions of dollars annually, contributing to the constant rate increases that have sent water bills skyrocketing here.”

Judge gives feds 6 months to clean up border plant / U-T San Diego : “A U.S. judge gave a federal agency six more months to clear up issues at a wastewater treatment plant in San Ysidro that continues to spew pollution into the Pacific Ocean, despite more than $92 million in upgrades.”

Water Authority workshop on desal deal set for April 19 / North County Times : “As the critical stage approaches in talks over buying water from a desalination plant in Carlsbad, the San Diego County Water Authority is taking a timeout. The agency will hold a workshop at 1:30 p.m. April 19 to assess the status of its negotiations with Poseidon Resources Corp. before wrapping up work on the landmark deal.”


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