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San Diego regional water news roundup Apr 1-7, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 8, 2013

Selected news reports on San Diego regional water issues.


San Diego farmers bracing for a tough year / KPBS : “San Diego farmers are facing a triple threat: rainfall is three inches below average, water prices have skyrocketed, and the state’s snowpack is 52 percent of normal. …water prices have more than doubled over the past decade.”

Quicker water quality testing system trial run approved / Imperial Beach Patch : “The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a pilot study for a faster system of testing water quality at beaches. On April 1, the county will begin a yearlong study on where and when the quantitative polymerase chain reaction testing system, which gives results on bacteria and other pollutants within four hours of testing, could be used.”

Encinitas Community Park to serve as storm water treatment system / Encinitas Patch : “Engineer Stephanie Kellar tells Patch readers how Encinitas Community Park will serve as a storm water treatment system.”

IID to consider water storage
/ Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District is considering the development of water storage facilities within its service area as a means to ensure sufficient water supplies in the midst of water shortages on the Colorado River.”

Vallecitos Water District’s ‘Water Academy’ earns award for outstanding outreach program / Vallecitos Water District : “In addition to taking customers on a free, behind-the-scnenes look at how the District functions, busses from the Vallecitos Water Academy tour have taken the public agency to one other unexpected destination: 2013 Recycled Water Community/Public Education Program of the Year.”

Director Betty Evans named Vallecitos Water District representative to San Diego County Water Authority / San Elijo Life : “Board Director Betty Evans was appointed the Vallecitos Water District’s new representative to the San Diego County Water Authority Board. The action taken at the most recent regular Board meeting of Vallecitos places Evans on the wholesale water agency’s Board of Directors to assist in setting policy and direction in meeting the water supply demands of residents throughout the region.”

Go back to drawing board, water agency [opinion] / U-T San Diego : “A remarkable coalition of business, government and environmental groups is trying to prevent a disastrous leap into faith-based policymaking by a headstrong state agency.”

Ramona access to Cedar Creek Falls reopens today / Ramona Sentinel : “A popular Cleveland National Forest hiking trail that had been closed to the public since a teenager fell to his death from a cliff in the area two summers ago reopened today under tightened restrictions.”

Pipeline 6, Camp Pendleton desal, Red Mtn. pump station discussed at CWA master plan workshop / Fallbrook Village News : “The activities in preparation for the update of the San Diego County Water Authority’s master plan included a March 14 workshop. The potential projects discussed at the workshop included the extension of Pipeline 6 from Temecula to the SDCWA’s Twin Oaks Diversion Structure, the Camp Pendleton seawater desalination facility, and a pump station on Red Mountain which will be part of the CWA’s Emergency Storage Project.”

Imperial Irrigation District canals kept clear by ‘army’ of carp / Imperial Valley Press : “John Woelke clearly remembers what happened when the Imperial Irrigation District introduced grass carp into its canals in the mid 1980s. The IID delivers millions of gallons of water to thousands of acres of crops over hundreds of miles of canals every year, most of which are not lined with concrete. Keeping them free of vegetation was a lot of work.”


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