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San Diego regional water news roundup Dec 31, 2012-Jan 6, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 7, 2013

Teen volunteer works water wizardry for Coastkeeper / U-T San Diego : “After learning that an automated water sampling device needed for stormwater testing would cost $7,000, a 16-year-old San Diego Coastkeeper volunteer figured he could do better. Using off-the-shelf parts, he designed a water monitoring apparatus budgeted at about $500, and is raising funds to build it.”

Portions of Imperial Beach closed for water contact due to sewage-contaminated runoff / 10News : “The San Diego Department of Environmental Health expanded an existing water contact closure area at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge shoreline north to include beaches south of Carnation Avenue.”

IID grapples with water overruns / Imperial Valley Press : “Although the final numbers are not in yet, officials speculate that IID’s water overrun in 2012 could reach 150,000 acre-feet of water. This is in addition to 2011’s overrun, which was in excess of 90,000 acre-feet of water. To put those numbers into perspective, the IID transferred about 90,000 acre-feet of water to San Diego last year…”

Dirty, pricey, and obsolete: why desalination is not worth its salt / Truthout : “While heralded by some as a panacea to our planet’s water problems, desalination plants such as Carlsbad have proven to be, at best, a small-scale solution when water resources are very limited. At worst, the technology is being pushed by private interests looking to profit from the sale of water while sticking the public with its high financial and environmental costs.”

IDE Technologies to help build largest U.S. desalination plant / Chicago Tribune : “Israel’s IDE Technologies will help construct and run a nearly $1 billion desalination plant along the coast of southern California to help alleviate the region’s water shortage. The company also reached a 30-year operation and maintenance agreement with Poseidon Resources…”

Water main break shuts down Point Loma street [with video] / : “A water main break in Point Loma caused big problems Thursday, with crews on the scene for hours. The main broke just before 12:30 p.m. at Golden Park Avenue and Harbor View Drive.”

Southern California seeks new water sources / The California Report : “Southern California’s growing thirst for fresh water continues to put pressure on the region’s two main sources of imports. Water managers in San Diego are now considering supplies that were too expensive to develop just ten years ago.”

Keeping a nose on the Salton Sea’s smell / : “The region’s air quality board is poised to approve spending $200,000 Friday to track the smell of dead fish and rotten eggs that often emanates from the Salton Sea. It would be the first time the South Coast Air Quality Management District would have year-round sensors to study the stink. The system would be installed at the shore and in Mecca.”

Water main break in Normal Heights / San Diego Reader : “Hundreds of people in Normal Heights were without water Friday night, January 4, after a water main broke at 32nd and Meade Avenue at around 4 p.m. Crews were still working to repair the main at 8:30 p.m. and estimated it would be finished by midnight.”

Israelis to design San Diego-area desalination plant / Jerusalem Post : “The Israeli desalination giant that is already responsible for the brunt of Israel’s salty-to-fresh water transformation is now taking on San Diego, in the biggest desalination project to hit the western hemisphere.”


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