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San Diego regional water news roundup Jan 21-27, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 28, 2013


Rainbow Municipal Water District to discuss proposed JPA with Fallbrook Public Utility District / Fallbrook Village News : “A joint powers agency would allow for functional consolidation, which could either be an interim step towards jurisdictional consolidation or an alternative which would allow each district to keep its own governing board…The functional consolidation would allow for shared management.”

RMWD seeks fee study for Santa Maria Wastewater Plant upgrades / Ramona Patch : “The Ramona Municipal Water District is seeking a fee study for the Santa Maria Wastewater Reclamation Plant improvements that may help reduce customer mitigation and sewer connection fees in the future, according to General Manager David Barnum.”

City of La Mesa’s aged sewer system sends millions of gallons of raw sewage into bay and ocean / San Diego Reader : “The admission comes less than a month after local water quality officials slapped the City with a $948,816 fine for illegally discharging 1,008,000 gallons of raw sewage in San Diego Bay by way of Chollas Creek and an additional 306,700 gallons of muck in the ocean via the San Diego River and Alvarado Creek.”

Public records reveal Eastern Municipal Water District fronting San Diego public relations campaign for Metropolitan Water District / San Diego County Water Authority : “Public records show the Eastern Municipal Water District in Riverside County is funding a $15,000-per-month public relations campaign in San Diego County on behalf of the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.”

San Diego County Taxpayers Association report reveals water board member perk expenditures / 10News : “The San Diego County Taxpayers Association released a new report that reveals how much money is spent on perk expenditures for local water district board members.”

REGION: Water district sued over records request / The Press-Enterprise : “An agreement to transfer Colorado River water to San Diego is the crux of lawsuits by the San Diego County Water Authority against Metropolitan Water District, Eastern Municipal Water District in Perris, and other agencies.”

Water wars spreading / KPBS : “San Diego County Water Authority is suing its counterpart in Riverside. It’s the latest splash in water wars that involve millions of ratepayer dollars.”

Salton Sea Authority to weigh Perez’s Salton Sea’s Assembly bills / Imperial Valley Press : “Reacting quickly to Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez’s, D-Coachella, slate of Salton Sea restoration bills announced Wednesday, the Salton Sea Authority will vote on a recommendation to support Assembly Bill 71 and consider support of AB 147 and 148 when it meets again in February.”

A new water fight — over global warming / U-T San Diego : “The perpetual and sometimes bitter disputes between the San Diego County Water Authority and Metropolitan Water District have taken another twist, this time over recouping the cost of buying state permits to release greenhouse gasses linked to global warming.”

Rancho Santa Fe water district board agrees to clarify rules pertaining to meeting agendas / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “The issue came up last month when newly elected director Greg Gruzdowich tried to put three items on the board’s agenda, including a potential rollback of a 6 percent rate increase that took effect Jan. 1. Instead, after consulting with board president Michael Hogan, district general manager Michael Bardin put an item on the December agenda to discuss how directors can place items on the agenda.”


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