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San Diego regional water news roundup Nov 5-11, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 12, 2012

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

Oceanside rejects water deal as too expensive / U-T San Diego : “An offer to buy drinking water produced by a planned desalination plant in Carlsbad was rejected Wednesday by the Oceanside City Council in a unanimous vote.”

Judge rejects Metropolitan’s attempt to delay case challenging its 2013 and 2014 rates / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority’s ongoing quest for fair water rates gained more pre-trial momentum on Friday after a Superior Court judge said he would coordinate the agency’s two challenges to wholesale water rates set by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.”

Vince Mudd named as Water Authority rep on MWD board / San Diego Source : “San Diego businessman Vincent Mudd has been seated as a member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Mudd will represent the San Diego County Water Authority…”

CERF comments to City of San Diego regarding IROC concerns / Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation : “CERF has been actively involved throughout the desalination project public process, and takes exception to the County Water Authority’s misrepresentations about the IROC meeting. We have submitted our own letter…”

Planners join county opposition to proposed water regulations / Ramona Sentinel : “San Diego County is asking local advisory groups to support its efforts to oppose proposed stormwater regulations that it says will impact development and will be extremely costly.”

New water rate structure meets state water goals by incentivizing efficiency / ENews Park Forest : “Thousands of California households could save on their monthly bills thanks to a new rate structure that California American Water Company will introduce in Sonoma, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties as part of a water rate settlement with the Natural Resources Defense Council approved today by state regulators.”

Landmark water pact with Mexico could boost Lake Mead / Las Vegas Review Journal : “After years of negotiations, the United States and Mexico have struck a deal that could keep more water in Lake Mead and help improve water efficiency and the environment south of the border.”

Reclamation’s Terry Fulp and a new agreement with Mexico that has environmental benefits for the Colorado Delta discussed at Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee meeting / Maven’s Manor : “At the November 5th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Stewardship and Planning Committee, Regional Director for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado River Region Terry Fulp addressed the Committee, and Metropolitan staff presented some details on a new multi-faceted agreement with Mexico that includes provisions for sharing both surpluses and shortages on the river, as well as provide for some environmental flows for the Colorado Delta.”

Time to approve desalination project / U-T San Diego : “The city of Carlsbad took a leadership position to help bring this project to fruition more than a decade ago, and local community support remains especially high here in Carlsbad, where the plant will be located.”

Stormwater plan ambitious but costly / North County Times : “A new regional stormwater plan would clean up stagnant streams and lead to safer beaches, regional water officials say, while opponents say it could create costly new rules. However, some environmental groups say that while they support the new permit, it doesn’t go far enough.”


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