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San Diego regional water news roundup May 20-26, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 27, 2013


IID water payback obligations pouring in / Imperial Valley Press : “The amount of water that the Imperial Irrigation District is expected to pay back to the Colorado River keeps rising. In addition to nearly 180,000 acre-feet of water that the IID ordered in excess over the last two years and a projected overrun for 2013 estimated at 13,000 acre-feet of water, the IID is also expected to repay nearly 47,000 acre-feet of water it put in the Salton Sea for environmental mitigation in 2010.”

Heal the Bay releases annual report on San Diego beaches / San Diego Reader : “Taking its information from five agencies within San Diego County, including the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, Heal the Bay found that beach water quality during 2012–2013 was excellent in San Diego County. The strip of beach at the mouth of the Tijuana River, however, earned C grades and below.”

Colorado River meeting, new map highlight challenges to river system / Deseret News : “A massive probe of the challenges to the Colorado River system enters another phase with a Tuesday meeting in San Diego, where multiple state representatives, the federal government and a 10-tribe Native American partnership look to “what’s next” for the struggling river.”

As Lake Mead shrinks, California uses more than its share of water / Las Vegas Review-Journal : “As water managers in Nevada and elsewhere fight to keep Lake Mead as full as possible, an irrigation district in California has significantly overdrawn its Colorado River allotment over the past three years. The Imperial Valley Irrigation District is the single largest water user on the Colorado, but it is “isolating itself” with its actions, said Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.”

All around the US, risks of a water crisis are much bigger than people realize / Business Insider : “With about half of the country still suffering from extreme drought, farmers and businesses in the Western United States are looking at another hot, dry summer. And the country’s water risk is a lot worse than most assessments suggest, according to a recent study from the Columbia University Water Center.”

Commercial and residential developers, builders and landlords face new storm water regulations
Allen Matkins Legal Alert : “On May 8, 2013, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board approved a new municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit that will have far-reaching impacts on both new development projects and existing facilities in San Diego …. In particular, the permit emphasizes on-site retention and treatment of surface water runoff, as well as practices to protect and return water courses to a more natural condition.”


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