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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 22-31, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 1, 2012

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

Negotiations on Carlsbad seawater desalination agreement continue / San Diego County Water Authority : “The Water Authority is in the final stages of negotiations with Poseidon Resources. Once negotiations are complete, the Water Authority will release the draft agreement for public review and open a 60-day public review period. The board is expected to take action on the agreement later this fall.”

Tijuana wastewater cleaner than San Diego’s / San Diego Reader : “For the first time since it was built in 1997, the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant at the U.S.-Mexico border has met the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency three months in a row, according to Steve Smullens of the International Boundary and Water Commission. With that accomplishment, 90 percent of Tijuana’s wastewater is now being treated to cleanliness standards equal to or higher than cities on the U.S. side of the border.”

San Diego County Water Authority releases public surveys / CBS8 : “Concerns over the reliability and cost of San Diego County’s water supply have eased in the past three years, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll of 816 area residents conducted for the San Diego County Water Authority found that 76 percent believe the local water supply was at least somewhat reliable, compared to 65 percent in 2009.”

Southern California escapes effect of drought — for now / U-T San Diego : “Because of a huge snowpack two winters ago, California has plenty of water to last through this summer. But the long-term trend is clear: Across the arid West, people have overtapped the water sources. Reporter Mike Lee is exploring the region’s water supplies, prices and consumption in an occasional series of in-depth reports.”

Sweetwater Authority raises water rates / U-T San Diego : “The Sweetwater Authority Board of Directors approved rate increases Monday that will hit those who use the least amount of water the hardest, and require agricultural customers to pay the same water rate as everyone else.”

What is the San Diego Regional Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit? / San Diego Coastkeeper : “In this entry, I give a brief overview of the permit’s purpose and permitting process. My primary task this summer as a student attorney was evaluating the MS4 permit from the environmental perspective, spotting potential issues, and drafting comments to rehabilitate and increase protection of our natural resources.”

TJ sewage spill fouls coast near border / U-T San Diego : “A spill of more than 1.5 million gallons of raw sewage in Playas de Tijuana prompted the Tuesday closure of beaches on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The incident was the result of damage to a large pipe known as the Farallon Collector, which is located about three-fourths of a mile south of the international border.”

O’side breaks ground on solar facility / U-T San Diego : “Oceanside is putting sunny San Diego to work with a new solar energy facility. Located next to the San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility, it will produce a “green, renewable and uninterruptible” source of energy for the plant…”

IB beaches re-opened after sewage spill / U-T San Diego : “San Diego County’s Department of Environmental Health gave coastal waters along Imperial Beach a clean bill of health Friday, reopening the beaches closed earlier this week following a sewage spill in Tijuana.”

Boaters asked to help fight spread of invasive Quagga and Zebra mussels this Labor Day weekend / East County Magazine : “California agencies battling the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels are asking boaters to be especially vigilant over the three-day Labor Day weekend. In San Diego County, these mussels have been found in Lake Dixon and San Vicente reservoir.”


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