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San Diego regional water news roundup Dec 17-23, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 24, 2012

Interior secretary pledges support for Salton Sea restoration efforts / Imperial Valley Press : “What some described as historic may finally be happening: momentum in Washington toward restoration of the Salton Sea may be building. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has pledged to work with local agencies to help restore the troubled body of water.”

Encinitas: Major sewer line in downtown area to be relocated / U-T San Diego : “Encinitas will relocate a major sewer line in the city’s downtown beginning next month and continuing through much of 2013. After an extended debate on the item Wednesday night, the City Council agreed to award the $4 million construction contract to SC Valley Engineering of El Cajon.”

Water district proposes partnership with City of Poway / Ramona Sentinel : “The year 2013 could be the start of a partnership between the Ramona Municipal Water District and the City of Poway in an effort to reduce water costs and increase local resources. “If this vision is implemented, it will dramatically change how RMWD conducts business…” RMWD General Manager David Barnum told the board at its December meeting.”

Recycled-water project to begin in Oceanside / U-T San Diego : “Construction is expected to start in January on a project to bring recycled water to the massive El Corazon site in central Oceanside, in preparation for the former sand mine’s conversion into a huge park, sports complex and commercial complex.”

San Diego County’s evolving water supply / KPBS : “Geologists and San Diego water managers are hoping to tap into an ancient underground river that might run under the ecologically delicate San Elijo Lagoon.”

Consumer group joins grease fight / Ramona Sentinel : “A dispute between a Ramona property owner and the Ramona Municipal Water District over fees connected to grease buildup in a sewer line has a consumer advocacy group involved.”

HWD swears in board members, names officers / Helix Water District : “Helix Water District swore in one new and two returning board members yesterday during a regular meeting of the board of directors at the district’s administration office in La Mesa.”

Midway water main break leaves flood, roadway damage / 10News [with video] : “A water main break in the Midway area of San Diego is causing a huge headache for motorists. The large break occurred around 4 a.m. and flooded portions of Sports Arena Boulevard near the eastbound Interstate 8 onramp.”

Rancho Santa Fe water rates to increase Jan. 1 / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “A last-minute attempt to roll back a 6 percent rate increase set to take effect Jan. 1 for customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District failed on a 3-2 vote of the district’s board of directors at a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20.”

Crews repairing second water main break in Midway area this weekend / 10News : “San Diego utility crews spent most of Sunday repairing a water main break in the Midway area, the second in two days.”

San Diego beach replenishment sparks debate over environmental impact / The Sacramento Bee : “Officials say the new sand will be better for the long-term vitality of the beaches, a major tourism draw in San Diego. But some advocates and others are concerned about the biological and environmental impact of the new sand, echoing a larger debate about beach replenishment projects nationwide.”

Water Authority launches regional WaterSmart turf replacement program / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority is encouraging water-efficient landscapes with a new turf replacement incentive program designed to reduce irrigation at homes and businesses across the San Diego region. The Water Authority secured state and federal grants to fund the program, which offers $1.50 per square foot for replacing turf grass with plants more suited to the region’s semi-arid climate.”


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