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San Diego regional water news roundup Nov 12-25, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 26, 2012

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

Judge fast-tracks water rate complaint / U-T San Diego : “A Superior Court judge has expedited the San Diego County Water Authority’s challenge to the Metropolitan Water District by allowing two separate water rate lawsuits to be pursued simultaneously.”

Scientists on the hunt for usable water / U-T San Diego : “Scientists are drilling 1,200 feet beneath San Elijo Lagoon in hopes of finding water to help supply the Olivenhain Municipal Water District.”

Stormwater permit seeks to rein in pollution / North County Times : “As regulators prepare an updated stormwater permit for western San Diego, southwest Riverside and southern Orange County that they said promotes flexible solutions, critics opposed what they call a one-size-fits-all fix to pollution problems that vary widely between waterways and can come from almost anywhere.”

Plan to toughen rules over county’s stormwater system discussed / 10News : “San Diego’s stormwater system may be changing and it may cost billions. On Tuesday, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board discussed a controversial plan to toughen the rules limiting what can enter the county’s stormwater system.”

A looming sea change for San Diego tap water / Voice of San Diego : “San Diego will likely soon agree to buy water from a private company. That company, Poseidon Resources, is going to build a desalination plant at Carlsbad’s Encina Power Station. It has all the permits. It just needs the money. Should we give it to them? Is it a good deal?”

Lawsuit could threaten SD water supplies / U-T San Diego : “A Sacramento Superior Court judge heard final arguments Wednesday in a complex lawsuit with far-reaching consequences for future water supplies and rates in San Diego County.”

Water board says No to desalinated water / Ramona Sentinel : “Saying the cost would be prohibitive for Ramona, directors of the Ramona Municipal Water District voted against participation in a draft agreement for desalinated water at its Nov. 13 meeting.”

Carlsbad to vote on desalination agreement / North County Times : “The Carlsbad City Council is set to decide later this month whether to buy a large portion of the water that will be produced by a $1 billion desalination plant to be built by Poseidon Resources Corp. on land next to the seaside Encina Power Plant.”

Deal to create water desalination plant leaves ratepayers holding the bag / San Diego Surfrider : “The San Diego County Water Authority is pushing its members to approve a deal by the end of the month to buy expensive water from a proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad, despite unresolved questions from an impartial ratepayers’ advisory board to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.”

Taxpayer Assoc. endorses desalination plant / North County Times : “Stating that a proposed Carlsbad desalination plant represents an insurance policy against uncertain water supplies, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association endorsed the $984 million project by Poseidon Resources.”

Mexico-U.S. sign historic Colorado River deal / U-T San Diego : “The United States and Mexico on Tuesday signed a landmark pact designed to bring more stability to water supplies from the Colorado River…”

U.S., Mexico reach pact on Colorado River water sale / LA Times : “Under the five-year deal, regional water agencies in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada will purchase a total of nearly 100,000 acre-feet of water from Mexico’s share of the Colorado River”

Imperial Irrigation District weighs benefits of water pact with Mexico / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District is concerned that it may not benefit from an agreement that would allow Mexico to store water under Lake Mead and possibly generate additional water for California.”

IID will not be a signatory to water pact with Mexico / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District will not participate in the domestic agreements related to Minute 319, the federal water pact with Mexico…A major area of concern for the IID board is the IID’s position relative to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.”

Poseidon proposes wetlands project in San Diego Bay / North County Times : “In Carlsbad, Poseidon Resources wants to filter salt from seawater to serve a thirsty county. And in San Diego Bay, the company plans to submerge 66 acres of dry scrub to create a saltwater marsh. By restoring wetland in an area once covered by farms and salt flats, Poseidon aims to compensate for marine life harmed by its proposed desalination plant.”

Sanders’ proposal threatens desal approval / North County Times : “San Diego’s water, bio-tech and business communities have worked long and hard through an exhausting regulatory process, unrelenting litigation, and staunch, but unfounded environmental opposition to bring the Carlsbad-Poseidon Seawater Desalination Project very close to reality. In no uncertain terms, the potential for adoption of the city of San Diego’s self-identified “preferred alternative” threatens to undermine the current broad support for the project among the water authority’s member agencies.”


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