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San Diego regional water news roundup Dec 3-9, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 10, 2012


NOAA, California, Scripps partner to improve forecasts of powerful “atmospheric river” winter storms / Scripps Institution of Oceanography : “Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego and colleagues from NOAA and the California Department of Water Resources are installing the first of four long-term “atmospheric river observatories” in coastal California this month to better monitor and predict the impacts of landfalling atmospheric rivers.”

Water under border crossing pumped to Tijuana River / Imperial Beach Patch : “In order to start the expansion of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, millions of gallons of water have been pumped from under the border and into the Tijuana River, but the release of water was approved “without a whole lot of thinking behind it as far as I can tell,” according to a city official.”

A long and winding road / : “…last week’s approval of a WPA between the Water Authority and Poseidon (see previous story) means that the City will get a new local supply: the Pacific Ocean via Agua Hedionda. Following last week’s decision, WDR contacted some of those who have played a role in the project’s development or followed its development travails…”

Ailing infrastructure blamed on water main breaks / Fox5 San Diego : “Three water main breaks caused problems for residents across San Diego County Tuesday.
Roads were shut down, sink holes popped up and residents were temporarily without water and plumbing in North Park, El Cajon and La Mesa.”

The cost of desalinated water: San Diego Explained / Voice of San Diego/NBC 7 : “Scott Lewis and … Catherine Garcia examine the role this water deal plays in the region’s water supply and how much you could end up paying for desalinated water.”

With desal plant, rate hikes will vary for water districts across the county / The Coast News : “Last week, the San Diego County Water Authority board approved a 30-year deal to buy water from a planned Carlsbad desalination plant. With the deal moving forward, an aspect that is yet to be settled is how much the plant will add to various districts’ water bills in the near future.”

Water recyclers / San Diego Reader : “The Padre Dam Municipal Water District announced yesterday that it is seeking bids from environmental contractors to develop a plan to manage “salts, nutrients, and other significant chemical compounds” throughout the Santee Basin aquifer, a term describing the groundwater table near where the San Diego River flows through the East County community.”

Seacoast residents cite possible water damage from sand project /
Imperial Beach Patch : “Even before the project ended in October, Seacoast Drive residents have complained that new sand has caused sea water to seep through garages, sidewalks and elsewhere. SANDAG may return to IB to even out sand that have caused water to pool.”


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