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

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 22, 2012

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


MCRD’s ecologically-friendly water treatment system / KFMB : “The Marine Corps Recruit Depot is going green, opening a new ecological water treatment and recycling center.”

Something smells fishy with Coastkeeper ‘teaming up’ with SeaWorld to ‘beautify’ Mission Bay / OB Rag : “The other day we received a press release from San Diego Coastkeeper – actually, it was a joint press release, from them and from SeaWorld – talking about how they are both “teaming up” together to “keep Mission Bay beautiful”. They’re planning a “clean the Bay day” on October 27th – and volunteers will get prizes including passes to SeaWorld. While we applaud any organization’s efforts to clean Mission Bay – heaven knows it needs it – something just doesn’t sit well with us on this announced partnership.”

Dam project raises water security / U-T San Diego : “As construction of the newly raised San Vicente Dam nears completion, the San Diego County Water Authority offered a preview of the structure on Tuesday, marking a milestone in the county’s emergency water storage project.”

San Vicente Dam reaches rull height / CTnow : “The San Vicente Dam, now that roller-compacted concrete placement is complete, has reached its new full height of 337 feet. The San Diego County Water Authority raised the dam 117 feet to more than double the reservoir s capacity.”

Officials stall on Cove stench cleanup in La Jolla / La Jolla Light : “District 1 City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner met with representatives from the Regional Water Quality Control Board and California Coastal Commission, as well as staff from San Diego’s Park and Rec and Stormwater departments and community leaders to discuss options for addressing the La Jolla Cove odor issue.”

Higher water rates approved by City Council / Poway Patch : “Poway residents and businesses are facing an increase next year in the price they pay for water, with the typical residential bi-monthly bill going up by $4.49.”

Water Authority will give desal presentation to Water Board Oct. 23 / Ramona Patch : “The San Diego County Water Authority will give the Ramona water board a presentation on the proposed desalination at next week’s meeting, Ramona Municipal Water District General Manager David Barnum told Patch Wednesday.”

Oceanside: Council approves water, sewer rate hikes / U-T San Diego : “Proposals to raise Oceanside water rates by about 6.5 percent and sewer rates by about 5 percent were approved Wednesday by the Oceanside City Council in a 4-1 vote.”

San Diego’s water rate-payer advocate group says Poseidon desalination details too fuzzy to approve / Surfrider San Diego : The citizen volunteer committee known as IROC, and formed by Mayor Sanders to protect San Diego’s water rate payers, sent a letter to him and the City Council this week urging them to hold off on approving a deal between the County Water Authority and the for-profit venture, Poseidon Resources, the deal-maker of the proposed desalinated water project in Carlsbad.

City gets OK to move ahead with TJ river dredging plan / U-T San Diego : “The city of San Diego moved a step forward with plans to dredge the Tijuana River Valley to ease flooding risks, when a Superior Court Judge Monday approved an agreement that lets officials seek permits for the project.”

Deal reached with San Elijo JPA to facilitate recycled water use in Encinitas and Carlsbad / Olivenhain Municipal Water District : “Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors approved an agreement with the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority through which OMWD will purchase recycled water produced by SEJPA and distribute it to OMWD recycled water customers.”

Valley Voice: Salton Sea solution: Geothermal along with desalination / MyDesert.com : ““Gary Rosenblum suggested in a Sept. 27 Valley Voice column that we build desalination plants in San Diego instead of the water transfer from Imperial Valley, thereby lessening the damage to the Salton Sea. While I applaud any imaginative ideas to save the sea, there are holes in his argument.”

 

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