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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 12-18, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 19, 2013

Lake Henshaw, southeast of Palomar Mountain. As of August 12 the reservoir was at 6.4% of capacity.

Lake Henshaw, southeast of Palomar Mountain. As of August 12 the reservoir was at 6.4% of capacity.


Shrinking Colorado River reservoirs highlight need for water-use efficiency, supply diversification / San Diego County Water Authority : “An unprecedented reduction in reservoir releases on the Colorado River announced Friday by the Bureau of Reclamation won’t cut water supplies to agencies in San Diego County or the rest of the Southwest during the 2014 “water year,” but the move does underscore the importance of continued conservation and water-supply diversification across the region…”

Federal officials cut water delivery for Lake Mead, speeding reservoir’s decline / Las Vegas Review-Journal : “The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation…calls for Lake Powell to release…750,000 acre-feet less than in any year since the reservoir on the Arizona-Utah border was created. The move will speed the decline of Lake Mead, which is expected to drop almost 25 feet to a record low by November 2014…”

Bay Delta Conservation Plan: What’s the latest? / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors is analyzing four proposed strategies for restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta in Northern California. The financing issue is particularly significant for San Diego County residents…”

Red Tide could persist for months, contain low-level toxins / Coronado Patch : “Tests conducted late last week detected a dinoflagellate bloom better known as red tide in south San Diego waters, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher announced Monday…”

New storm water permits may help reduce water pollution / The Coast News : “At the Carlsbad Watershed Network’s Aug. 13 meeting, stakeholders expressed hope that changes to regional storm water permits will help local agencies decrease pollution within the Carlsbad Watershed. Jill Witkowski, a “waterkeeper” for the activist organization San Diego Coastkeeper, agreed. “The way that we have developed in the past, we didn’t really consider the fact that when you pave paradise and put up a parking lot that is going to lead to pollution problems,” she said…”

Golf course water dispute may be key to Borrego’s future / U-T San Diego : “Some believe the future of Rams Hill could determine the fate of Borrego Springs, the small desert town in northeast San Diego County completely surrounded by Anza-Borrego State Park…”

Assemblyman Perez advocates for Salton Sea in new water bond / Imperial Valley News : “Today during a hearing held at the State Capitol, State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez argued that the new water bond framework must ensure the State of California can meet its existing obligations related to the Salton Sea and other water settlements of statewide relevance…”

$5 billion California water bond proposed, Salton Sea funding uncertain / The Desert Sun : “State lawmakers on Thursday launched a revamped proposal for a $5 billion water bond that would go before voters next year, trimming down an earlier $11 billion proposal that was scrapped due to a lack of public support. The previous bond proposal drawn up in 2009 had included $100 million for projects related to the Salton Sea, but it’s unclear whether the new bond “framework” presented at an Assembly hearing will eventually provide such funding…”

Deep cleaning set for San Diego Bay / U-T San Diego : “San Diego Bay is scheduled for a deep cleaning next month when shipyards south of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge will dredge contaminated sediment to ensure healthier waters…”

Water board to ask for director’s resignation / Ramona Sentinal : “Having missed his seventh consecutive meeting of the Ramona Municipal Water District Board on Tuesday, Director Kit Kesinger will be asked to voluntarily resign by the other four board members…”


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