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San Diego regional water news roundup May 27-Jun 2, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 3, 2013


States dependent on Colorado River consider conservation effort / Los Angeles Times : “SAN DIEGO — Officials in the seven states that depend on the drought-beset Colorado River expressed a cautious willingness Tuesday to join the federal government in a complex, possibly contentious effort to step up conservation.”

Reclamation, partners will study water supplies in five western river basins / Bureau of Reclamation : “The San Diego Basin in California and West Salt River Valley Basin in Arizona were selected for Basin Studies. Basin Studies are comprehensive water studies that define options for meeting future water demands in river basins in the western United States where imbalances in water supply and demand exist or are projected to exist.”

Valley Voice: let’s get busy and save the Salton Sea / The Desert Sun : “The Salton Sea is shrinking and dying. This means that the actual sea level is dropping and the water remaining is becoming more saline. Why is all this happening? Because the city of Los Angeles, San Diego County and other member organizations of the Metropolitan Water District have, through a series of contracts and water allocation swaps, positioned themselves to limit the inflows to the sea.”

Moving forward: the future of the Colorado River Basin, San Diego, California, May 28, 2013 (video podcast) / U.S. Bureau of Reclamation : “On Tuesday, May 28, Commissioner Connor and Interior Assistant Secretary Anne Castle convened key stakeholders representing basin states, the conservation community and Native American tribes to discuss the future of the Colorado River Basin. The Moving Forward event in San Diego, Calif. identified next steps to address identified actions in the Colorado River Supply and Demand Study, issued in December of 2012. This video captures the spirit of the representatives who participated in the event.”

The $2 billion fight: San Diego’s water supply / Scoop San Diego : “The Water Authority filed two lawsuits, one in 2010 and the other in 2012, challenging MWD’s rates, which improperly classify hundreds of millions of dollars in its water supply costs as transportation costs, according to the Water Authority…. The Water Authority is making progress in its court battle.”

Clean water vital to our lives / U-T San Diego : “Just as we demand safe roadways, buildings and sidewalks, we should demand clean water. An essential part of San Diego’s infrastructure, clean water supports our economy, way of life and health. Thanks to a move by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego is charting a new course to clean water that will prevent polluted runoff from poisoning our rivers, bays and ocean.”

Water district lauded for project / The Coast News : “The American Public Works Association (APWA) presented the Santa Fe Irrigation District with an award for its Group 1 Pressure Reducing Stations and Valves Replacement Project May 9.The district’s winning project was a $5.7 million comprehensive project that replaced aging infrastructure throughout the district’s service area.”

La Mesa City Council approves increased sewer service rates /
East County Magazine : “La Mesa’s City Council unanimously approved increasing sewer service rates at its May 14 meeting. For the average family, the rate will rise by 7% in each of the next two years. Ironically, citizens’ successful effort at conserving water has reduced city revenues–and was among the factors cited by Council to justify the rate hike, which drew strong objections from some residents present.”

IDA chooses San Diego for 2015 World Congress / Desalination & Water Reuse : “The International Desalination Association (IDA) has selected San Diego, California, USA, as the site for its 2015 World Congress. The Congress will be held at the San Diego Convention Center during 29 August-4 September 2015. This will be the first time since 1999 that the IDA World Congress has taken place in North America.”

Woman receives $16,000 water bill / NBC 7 San Diego : “The Escondido woman usually pays about $115 a month, so when she received the $16,000 charge for water between the month of Dec. 2012 and Jan. 2013, she was astonished.”


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