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San Diego regional water news roundup April 9-15, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 16, 2012

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

Fallowing, bid process on IID agenda / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District staff is set to propose upping the amount paid per acre-foot of water conserved through fallowing, as the district has yet to meet the required amount of water to transfer to San Diego…That money would be made up by the amount the San Diego County Water Authority is set to pay for that transferred water, between $491 and $540 per acre-foot.”

IID Board of Directors OKs increase in the price of fallowed water / Imperial Valley Press : “More money will go toward fallowing fields in Imperial Valley after the local utility approved an increase in the allocation per acre-foot.
The Imperial Irrigation District will now pay $125 per acre-foot for water fallowed from local fields. The district is trying to contract 170,000 acre-feet as part of the water transfer with San Diego.”

Port of San Diego Commissioners to Appeal Cleanup Order / Dredging Today : “By a 6-0 vote with Commissioner Lee Burdick absent, the Board of Port Commissioners voted to appeal being named as a primary discharger in the Cleanup and Abatement Order issued by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in the recent Shipyard Sediment Site administrative matter R9-2012-0025.”

Metropolitan Water District approves two-year budget with 5 percent increases each year / North County Times : “Metropolitan Water District’s board of directors has approved a two-year budget with water rate increases averaging 5 percent in January 2013 and 5 percent again a year later. Metropolitan’s decision came after more than 90 minutes of sometimes emotional testimony on the effects of a higher budget on customers of retail water agencies in San Diego County.”

MWD rejects SD plan, sets higher water rates / U-T San Diego : “The decision follows weeks of turmoil between the San Diego County Water Authority and Metropolitan, which are tangled in a lawsuit over rates and have traded increasingly hostile barbs. Metropolitan has long held power as Southern California’s main water wholesaler, but the county water authority is trying to reduce its dependence on Metropolitan and change the way fees are calculated — efforts with financial consequences for some 19 million residents.”

City drains owners’ wallets / San Diego Reader : “In March 2005, Darnell Johnson bought a one-bedroom condominium on a quiet, dead-end street in City Heights. He never imagined he’d be forced to fork out $50,000 to keep his home from falling into the canyon it overlooks. The erosion that jeopardizes his building is a problem for which he believes the City of San Diego is at least partially responsible.”

RMWD customer says high water bill due to faulty meter / Ramona Sentinel : “A Ramona man is asking the Ramona Municipal Water District for an arbitration hearing and is considering legal action because he said sudden spikes in his water bills over the past 10 years have been due to a faulty water meter…His action was spurred by a bill from June 17 to Aug. 2, 2011, in which usage went up 1,100 percent from the previous year.”

Cuyamaca College receives statewide recognition for sustainable landscaping /
Scoop San Diego : “The college was recognized in the area of faculty/student initiatives for promoting sustainable landscaping at the Rancho San Diego campus. The initiative was the result of meetings held in 2007 with 23 Cuyamaca College faculty members who discussed moving beyond water conservation to a broader sustainable urban landscape approach.”

City helps quench thirst for resources, information and events during “Water Awareness Month” / Scoop San Diego : “The City of San Diego is recognizing Water Awareness Month throughout May and is inviting San Diegans to learn more about water, “tap” into City resources and participate in a series of fun and educational activities.”

Forget It Jake, It’s the “Anti-San Diego Coalition” Raising San Diego Water Rates; the 21st Century Water Wars Continue / BlawgSD : “If you thought the Southern California water wars were relegated to the likes of Mulholland and the 1910s and 1920s, encapsulated by the film Chinatown and the phrase “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown,” you have not been paying attention to the water-logged mud that’s been thrown between the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the San Diego County Water Authority.”


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