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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 22-30, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 1, 2012

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

Desalination no panacea for Calif. water woes / Fresno Bee : “From Marin County to San Diego, some water districts are asking themselves: How much are we willing to pay for this new water? “We found that our demand for water had dropped so much since the time we started exploring desalination, we didn’t need the water,” said Libby Pischel, a spokeswoman for the Marin Municipal Water District.”

Santa Fe Irrigation District in Rancho Santa Fe receives national award in financial reporting / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented the Santa Fe Irrigation District (SFID) the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This is the sixth year successively that SFID has received this award.”

IID read[y]ing to solicite [sic] participants for next fallowing cycle / KXO Radio : “The fallowing program is the District’s current method of water conservation. Under the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the conserved water is used to meet the transfer obligations with San Diego County Water Authority and Salton Sea mitigation requirements…”

County contests billion-dollar stormwater rules / U-T San Diego : “County supervisors on Wednesday took a stand for “reasonable” standards after hearing the costs of meeting the bacteria regulations in just six of the 20 targeted watersheds could range from $2.2 billion to $4.2 billion over two decades without what elected officials said was adequate evidence that the work would result in cleaner water.”

Desalination plants in San Diego could save the Salton Sea / Desert Sun : “When the Salton Sea odor blew through the Los Angeles Basin recently, it got the politicians activated again to solve the “Salton Sea problem.” Unfortunately, what politicians tend to fuss over is power and control over billions of dollars. This fails the smell test because no one is really thinking through a solution based on root causes.”

County beach water rated excellent again / U-T San Diego : “Water quality at San Diego County beaches was excellent again over the summer and contributed to one of the cleanest peak-use seasons on record along the state’s coastline, according to a report card issued Tuesday by Heal the Bay.”

Calexico New River Committee briefing / Imperial Valley Press : “The New River, which flows from Mexico into the Salton Sea, was once known as the most polluted river in the nation. It carries industrial and human waste from Mexico, and agricultural runoff from area farms. The Imperial Irrigation District was briefed Tuesday about an ongoing initiative to clean up the New River.”

Poseidon desalination agreement released by San Diego County Water Authority / North County Times : “The deal would increase the amount of reliable water supply in the drought-prone county at an estimated additional household monthly cost of $5 to $7 a month. But opponents say the deal guarantees unreasonable profits to privately held Poseidon of Stamford, Conn.”

Water authority releases desalination plan / U-T San Diego : “The base 30-year agreement calls for the county water authority to buy up to 56,000 acre-feet annually…The desalination plant on the Carlsbad coastline is expected to start producing as early as 2016, if it receives final approval from the authority.”

Dead fish odor could help the Salton Sea / Imperial Valley Press : “The Salton Sea’s odor may finally be a source of optimism for area activists who wish to see the ailing body of water restored.”

Special report: shrinking water’s hidden footprint / U-T San Diego : “An emerging concept known as the “water footprint” tracks hidden water flows around the world — and the results are bigger than you might think.”

Thomas V. Wornham elected Chair of San Diego County Water Authority Board / San Diego County Water Authority : “Thomas V. Wornham, retired executive vice president and regional manager of Wells Fargo Bank and a representative for the city of San Diego, will serve as chair. Richard K. Smith, a retired geotechnical consultant and a representative of the Helix Water District, will serve as vice chair.”

Vista Irrigation District harnessing the sun’s power / Vista Irrigation District : “The Vista Irrigation District has completed a project that allows the public to view the district’s real-time solar energy production on a display at its headquarters located at 1391 Engineer Street in Vista or on-line via the Internet.”

Another view: The gathering storm(water) / North County Times : “…rules include a Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load requirement stringently capping bacteria levels. The TMDL regulations, according to San Diego County supervisors, whose jurisdiction is the largest of all the Water Board permittees, could cost local governments as much as $4.2 billion — with a “b” — over the next 20 years.”

Water’s hidden footprint / U-T San Diego : “Almost every product has an invisible impact on water resources, which are increasingly strained in the arid West due to drought and population growth. The emerging concept is known as the “water footprint,” similar to the carbon footprint that blossomed in recent years because of efforts to trim greenhouse gas emissions that are the hidden result of everyday activities such as driving and turning on the lights.”

San Diego watersheds earn fair, poor marks in new report / KPBS : “The water quality of most of San Diego County’s 11 watersheds rates no higher than fair in a report released today by San Diego Coastkeeper, an environmental group. One of them – the Tijuana River Valley watershed – is rated poor.”


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