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San Diego regional water news roundup Apr 15-21, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 22, 2013

Selected water news reports that relate to the San Diego region.


City Council rejects Mayor’s nominee to Water Board / KPBS : “A new clash over nominations to outside agency boards broke out today when the City Council rejected Mayor Bob Filner’s nominee to serve as the city of San Diego’s representative on the County Water Authority Board of Directors.”

Del Mar Clean Water Program fee to increase July 1 / Del Mar Times : “A fee to support Del Mar’s Clean Water Program that is added to residents’ water bills will rise by 1.5 percent on July 1. The fee helps pay for such services as street sweeping, storm drain maintenance, water quality testing, education, code enforcement and outreach…”

Safety alert: bacteria levels elevated at tidelands shoreline / Coronado Patch : “Following rains earlier this week, San Diego County health officials have issued water quality advisories for Coronado and closed other beaches to the south.”

Water Authority launches water calculator for homeowners / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority on Wednesday released a new online tool that helps residents estimate how much water they use in their homes and provides practical tips for conserving the region’s most precious natural resource.”

The Colorado: America’s most endangered river / : “Today, the conservation organization American Rivers released its annual ranking of America’s most endangered rivers, and the Colorado topped the list. The group cites outdated water management as the main malady attacking the Colorado’s health. “A century of water management policies and practices that have promoted wasteful water use have put the river at a critical crossroads,” a statement (PDF) released by the organization reads. “Demand on the river’s water now exceeds its supply, leaving the river so over-tapped that it no longer flows to the sea.”

How much is ‘Going Green’ worth to you? / Voice of San Diego : “At the most recent “Exploring Ethics” forum hosted by the San Diego Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, Stanley Maloy, dean of San Diego State University’s College of Sciences, discussed the parallels between climate change’s effects on infectious disease and the use of pesticides in Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring.” Highlighted in the discussion was the role and impact that we, as individuals, have on our environment and the factors that influence what we do to contribute to a greener planet.”

Costs to purchase water will increase next year for Rancho Santa Fe water district / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “A dry winter and an expected increase in water costs from its suppliers means that the Santa Fe Irrigation District’s costs for buying water will rise by about $1.5 million next fiscal year, according to a budget presentation at the district’s Thursday, April 18, board meeting.”

Water supplies for 2013 / San Diego County Water Authority : SDCWA’s Mike Lee discusses the water supply prospects for 2013

Engineer sees big challenges saving the Salton Sea / : “Shintaku, a civil engineer who took over as general manager of the Salton Sea Authority 10 weeks ago, stood near the lake’s northern end at a spot where five years ago the water would have been lapping at his feet. Now, the shore lies a few hundred yards away — a line of glimmering blue beyond the expanse of barren sand.”

Regional MS4 permit / California Regional Water Quality Control Board : “The San Diego Water Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing to consider adoption of Tentative Order No. R9-2013-0001, NPDES No. CAS0109266, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit and Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Draining the Watersheds within the San Diego Region.”


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