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San Diego regional water news roundup Jul 15-21, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 22, 2012

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

State needs water solutions before business dries up / U-T San Diego : “For the more than 25 million Californians who receive some or all of their water from the estuary, it’s clear that something must be done and soon – not just for us, but for future generations.
The risk is particularly acute in the San Diego region where the Delta provides as much as 30 percent of our water.

Our voice: Salton Sea solutions / The Desert Sun : “By Jan. 1, 2018, rights to massive amounts of water will transfer from Imperial and Coachella valleys to San Diego, dramatically reducing agricultural runoff that has fed the lake for decades. Now, nine years later, that looming deadline seems just around the corner — hardly enough time to devise a new plan and find a way to pay for it.

REGION: Water dispute could cost Inland residents millions / Press-Enterprise : “A feud between Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and one of its largest customers could end up costing Inland residents more than $500 million in the next six decades, local agency officials said. The dispute is over how much Metropolitan is charging the San Diego County Water Authority to move supplies from the Colorado River to the city of San Diego.”

VISTA: Water district on verge of pension reductions / North County Times : “The Vista Irrigation District is on the verge of significantly reducing pension benefits for new hires. In addition, the water district will reduce the amount it pays into a new employee’s pension from the nearly 20 percent of salary it now contributes to less than 8 percent.”

Will Southern’s California controversial desalination plant get off the ground? Here’s the last hurdle it faces / AlterNet : “After more than a decade spent talking about building a large-scale ocean desalination plant in Carlsbad, California, the private equity firm proposing to finance the project has one last hurdle to overcome: It needs someone to agree to buy the water.”

Colorado River supply and demand study delayed, even as drought grips U.S / Deseret News : “The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is continuing to sift through 150 proposals designed to reduce demand, boost water supplies or invoke new management strategies for the Colorado River, with a final report now delayed until September.”

Pursuing positive steps and solutions / Ramona Sentinel : “The Ramona Municipal Water District Board has been actively pursuing positive steps in the last year and a half, after previous boards felt nothing was the thing to do. With good projects, saving ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, the RMWD Board has approved in the last year, it’s a shame that the only “press” is given to those who complain but offer no solutions.”

EXCLUSIVE: Feds holding up San Luis Rey River agreement, local officials say / North County Times : “After decades of negotiations and lawsuits, five North County tribes and two local water agencies say they have reached an agreement settling a century-old dispute over San Luis Rey River water. There’s just one problem: The federal government, which must sign off on the agreement, appears to be blocking the deal.”


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