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San Diego regional water news roundup Jun 17-23, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 24, 2013


Encanto neighbors fight to keep cellphone antennas off abandoned water tower / : “Neighbors in Encanto have taken their battle to San Diego City Hall, trying to stop the installation of cellphone antennas on a water tower that was taken out of service and has been unused for years.”

UCLA scientists predict Southland will experience a 40 percent drop in snowfall in 30 years / : “Rising temperatures from trapped greenhouse gases will prevent the formation of snow in the mountains. Instead of snow, there will be rain — lots of it — that could cause flooding, mudslides and push mountain reservoirs to their limits…”

Ramona district weighs rate hikes of 7% for water, 4.5% for sewer / Ramona Sentinel : “Customers of the Ramona Municipal Water District will have a chance to voice their opinions regarding proposed water and sewer rate increases at the agency’s public hearing at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25. In May, ratepayers received the district’s Proposition 218 notice with not-to-exceed rates of 7 percent for water and 4.5 percent for sewer.”

San Diego Water Board concludes border wastewater treatment plant lawsuit / Scoop San Diego : “Thursday, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (San Diego Water Board) agreed that long-standing litigation over compliance with federal Clean Water Act secondary treatment requirements at the United States International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) International Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWTP) should be concluded based on evidence showing year-to-year water quality improvements at the IWTP.”

Rancho Santa Fe water district approves fiscal year 2013-14 budget / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “Customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District will not see a rate increase on their water bills next January for the first time in more than a decade under a $33.2 million budget approved by the district’s board of directors at its meeting on Thursday, June 20.”

‘Is Mission Bay Gross?’: Coastkeeper, rowing club forum to examine ecosystems, water quality / : “To clear the fog on the issue, San Diego Coastkeeper, which works to protect and restore fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters, and ZLAC Rowing Club, America’s oldest women’s rowing club, will host a free community forum to address the question, “Is Mission Bay Gross?” on Tuesday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.”

Groundwater battle looming in Poway / U-T San Diego : “It’s a fight that began 14 years ago when the Maderas Golf Club began filling its ponds with groundwater pumped from beneath its newly constructed championship golf course in the exclusive northern hills of Poway…Told by the city to stop pumping two summers ago, the club now wants to resume partially irrigating its course with groundwater in order to save a lot of money.”

Whatcha gonna do when your well runs dry? / San Diego Reader : “Where the sidewalk ends, on an unpaved section of 32nd Street in Golden Hill, adjacent to westbound 94, the city’s Public Utilities Department recently drilled a well in order to explore the possibility of tapping the groundwater as a resource for the City of San Diego. Imagine, our very own aquifer, right under downtown.”


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