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San Diego regional water news roundup May 8-14, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 15, 2012

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

Commission takes look at Tijuana River (USA) / Dredging Today : ““It’s not the fences that matter, it’s the gates,” Dave Gibson told attendees at the U.S. International Border and Water Commission collaborative meeting held here April 19 at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.”

Carlsbad family cuts water use by 40,000 gallons / Carlsbad Patch : “Amy Graham of Carlsbad was awarded top prize among Olivenhain Municipal Water District customers in San Diego County’s ninth-annual California Friendly Landscape Contest. OMWD’s Board of Directors recognized Ms. Graham and her family at its May 2 meeting.”

The San Diego Reader recently published their take on the border sewage issues in Imperial Beach / Tijuana River Action Network : “It took local Surfers and activists from Surfrider and Wildcoast to get Federal and County officials to finally notify the public about a sewage spill from the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant(SBIWTP).”

Be WaterSm”ART” essay contest / San Diego County Water Authority : “Who participated: Students in San Diego County, Grade 2 – Grade 6. Students wrote an essay, poem, or letter (50-250 words) along with one drawing sharing their response to the phrase, “Being watersmart is cool because….” [story shows all the entries plus the winners and their prizes]

Water bills already too high? They’re about to soar / North County Times : “Think your water bills are already too high? Maintenance for aging pipelines, aqueducts, pumps and other infrastructure, along with new construction for an expanding population, will send bills soaring.”

FPUD public hearing set for June 20 on rate increases / Fallbrook Village News : “The board of directors for the Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) will conduct a public hearing on June 20 to consider the adoption of proposed water and wastewater rate changes. According to FPUD general manager Brian Brady, a percentage increase of 12 to 13 percent can be anticipated by customers of the water district, and the changes would take effect on July 1.”

Water Talks: San Diego County’s connection to the Colorado River / San Diego County Water Authority : “Halla Razak, P.E., Colorado River Program Director at the Water Authority provides an overview of the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the associated canal linings and the benefits to the San Diego. ” [See also Slides from the presentation]

Global warming law and Metropolitan Water District rates: A followup / North County Times : “My article about the potential $10 million to $50 million annual cost to Metropolitan Water District from California’s global warming law, AB 32, drew an aptly critical response from Larry Farwell of Santa Barbara. He wanted to know more about just how much the added cost would mean to the average ratepayer, information I did not include. Still, I should have given readers some idea of what magnitude of rate increase was probable.”

Water Conservation Advisory Board talks on saving water continue / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District is still looking for farmers who are willing to fallow as it looks to fill at least 170,000 acre-feet of water….subcommittees were tasked with talking over how to improve the fallowing program and come up with contracts for on-farm conservation, both needed to transfer water to San Diego.”

Inland Empire water agency wades into water war / Redlands Daily Facts : “Claremont-based Three Valleys Municipal Water District has joined the legal action on the side of Metropolitan, accusing plaintiff San Diego County Water Authority of bungling a water purchase from Imperial County and trying to make MWD’s 26 water agencies pay for the blunder.”


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