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San Diego regional water news roundup Jan 28-Feb 3, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 4, 2013


Water agencies tussle over rebate / 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.”

Carlsbad desalination plant creates jobs, may lead to water bill increase for San Diegans / 10News : “A desalination plant coming to Carlsbad will create thousands of jobs, but could end up costing San Diegans in the long run.”

San Diego Coastkeeper opens 2013 Coastal Champions nominations / Scoop San Diego : “San Diego Coastkeeper announced its annual Coastal Champions nominations, celebrating the people, businesses and organizations taking initiative in protecting and restoring San Diego County’s waters. On June 4, honoring World Oceans Day, Coastkeeper will announce seven winners who demonstrate leadership in different areas of water protection.”

Coastkeeper welcomes new member to its board of directors / San Diego Coastkeeper : “San Diego Coastkeeper, the region’s leading environmental nonprofit protecting and restoring fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County, welcomes Sue Stewart to its board of directors and announces its 2013 executive committee…In addition to the new board member, Coastkeeper also released its lineup of 2013 executive committee members.”

Researchers look to follow flow of offshore pollutants / The Coast News : “Plumes of pink dye can occasionally be spotted in San Diego waters. No, it’s not a spill or an experiment gone horribly wrong. Rather, it’s how scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography recreate how quickly sewage travels along the shore.”

Thirsty farmers turn to wine / Wall Street Journal (sub required) : “Faced with skyrocketing water prices and an uncertain supply, avocado farmers in San Diego County, long the nation’s top avocado-producing region, are uprooting their trees in favor of more water-efficient crops. Many are growing grapes and getting licenses to operate wineries. Others are replacing avocado trees with exotic flowers or specialty fruits that they can hawk at local farmers markets.”

Oceanside study to look at expanding sewer lines to Morro Hills / U-T San Diego : “The overall $1.2 million study is to update the city’s master plan for water, sewer and recycled water system improvements but a controversial part of it that would cost an additional $148,655 would look at installing sewer lines in Morro Hills.”

San Vicente Dam Raise, San Diego, California, United States of America / : “The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) is undertaking a $530m project to raise the San Vicente Dam in San Diego, California, US. It is the highest dam raise project undertaken in the United States and the highest roller compacted concrete dam raise in the world. The project met with a notable milestone when the dam was raised to its intended height of 337ft in October 2012.”

City loses suit on stadium pollution cleanup / U-T San Diego : “A federal judge has ruled strongly in favor of a major energy firm that the city sued for roughly $250 million over its pollution cleanup efforts beneath 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site.”

Gregory Canyon pits water against trash / KPBS : ” The city that may have the most to lose is Oceanside, which sits downstream on the San Luis Rey River…recycled ground water that now supplies 20 percent of the city’s water supply…If the San Luis Rey River become polluted, that would devastate the city’s water supply.”

22,000 Gallons of Sewage Spill Near Carlsbad State Beach / NBC7 San Diego : “The sewage spill was the result of a ruptured sewage force main located in the 6500 block of Ponto Drive. Officials say all 22,000 gallons of sewage flowed into an adjacent storm drain. Crews recovered around 3,100 gallons of it.”

Some viewing sewer study in Oceanside as a precursor to development / The Coast News : “City Council approved a $148,655 sewage evaluation for the agriculture area of Morro Hills Jan 3. The OK was bundled with approval of updating the city Water, Sewer and Recycled Water Master Plan and applying for a recycled water planning grant.”

San Diego River Conservancy appoints new executive officer / East County Magazine : “The Governing Board of the San Diego River Conservancy (SDRC) announced the appointment of Kevin McKernan as its Executive Officer. The Conservancy, a division of the California Natural Resources Agency, seeks to restore San Diego River; establish a riparian corridor from its headwaters in the Cuyamaca Mountains to the Pacific Ocean; and, connect habitat conservation areas, parks and public open spaces in the watershed.”

Water main break on SR 67 affects 34 customers, says RMWD / Ramona Patch : “Ramona Municipal Water District reported a water main break Thursday evening on Highway 67 from Susie Way to Rotanzi Street, affecting 34 customers. Once the pipe is repaired, an approximately 15-foot long section of Route 67 would need to be repaved…”


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