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

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 22, 2012

A selected roundup of news related to San Diego regional water issues.

SALTON SEA: more foulness on the horizon / The Press-Enterprise : “When the Salton Sea let loose a ghastly blast of hydrogen sulfide just after the Labor Day weekend, some people wanted to blame decades of environmental degradation. But the stink experienced by millions of Southern Californians was actually quite natural.”

As stench fades, so may the will to save dying Salton Sea / The Desert Sun : “The rotten-egg smell has dissipated over Southern California, and so has most of the hope that the widespread odor could create new political urgency to solve problems plaguing its origin — the Salton Sea.”

BONSALL: Merger of Rainbow, Fallbrook water districts more than a year off / North County Times : “Plans to merge water districts in Rainbow and Fallbrook are progressing, but more than a year of approvals and studies lie ahead before the two can be consolidated, residents learned in a Bonsall meeting last week.”

Water recycling tests bode well for pilot plant / U-T San Diego : “New data show that San Diego’s pilot plant designed to turn wastewater into drinking water is on track to generate safe supplies, providing policy makers with another option for slaking the city’s thirst as they consider a proposed seawater desalination plant and other options.”

Mary Bono Mack calls for Salton Sea congressional hearing / The Desert Sun : “Rep. Mary Bono Mack on Monday called for a congressional hearing on the Salton Sea in which she’ll urge that authority over the dying lake’s restoration is taken away from the state and returned to the locals.”

San Diego Water Purification Demonstration Project receives 2012 Small Project of the Year / Water & Wastes Digest : “The WateReuse Assn. honored the city of San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project with the 2012 WateReuse Small Project of the Year Award at its 27th Annual Symposium in Florida.”

Leaky tank concerns directors / Ramona Sentinel : “The settlement amount in a dispute with the company that built a Mt. Woodson-area water tank, which has required ongoing maintenance, was considered too low by some Ramona Municipal Water District directors. Since the Boulder Tank was installed in 2007 by Orion Construction Corporation, it has continued to leak, according to the district.”

Email to water district manager a hoax / Ramona Sentinel : “KUSI News’ Michael Turko said he did not send an email to Ramona Municipal Water District stating he was investigating the district’s fire mitigation fees. The email, sent on Sept. 11 to RMWD General Manager David Barnum and four of the five water board directors, was labeled “Ramona Water District Missing Money.””

Water districts hold public forum on possible consolidation / Fallbrook Village News : “When Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) and Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) held a joint Special Meeting designed as a public forum on Sept. 11 at the Bonsall Community Center to discuss a potential consolidation between the two agencies, key messages were repeatedly emphasized throughout the two-hour session…significant savings could be experienced by both districts with a consolidation; outreach would be mandated in order to answer and address concerns of the ratepayers; employee consideration would be a priority; and the number of currently seated board members (combined) would have to be reduced from 10 to five.”

Coastkeeper: San Diego watershed in “fair” condition / San Diego 6 : “The water quality of most of San Diego County’s 11 watersheds rates no higher than fair in a report released Thursday by San Diego Coastkeeper, an environmental group. One of them – the Tijuana River Valley watershed – is rated poor. Only the San Dieguito watershed in the North County receives a score of good. No watersheds are rated excellent.”


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