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Local observations on water, environment, technology, law & politics

San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 26-Sep 1, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 2, 2013

Ocotillo Wind Energy Project as seen from the Desert View Tower about 15 miles away as vulture might fly (click to enlarge).

Ocotillo Wind Energy Project as seen from the Desert View Tower about 15 miles away as the…um…turkey vulture might fly (click to enlarge).


What’s polluting waterways in Ocotillo? / East County Magazine : “Thursday’s storm brought an unwanted surprise to residents of Ocotillo, where floodwaters swept through the desert town carrying a white, foamy sludge. You can see a video of the sludge flood on our website…”

The latest catastrophe at the Ocotillo Wind Project: white foam / San Diego Loves Green : “The latest catastrophe to hit Ocotillo is a white foam, flowing through the waterways, that local resident Jim Pelley says “looks like paint.” Nothing like it has been seen in this area before. It appeared after a one-hour-long rain storm…”

$5B water bond to include Salton Sea funds / : “A $5 billion water bond introduced by state lawmakers earlier this month will include funds for the Salton Sea, according to Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez’s office. The new amendments designate $500 million to three water projects including the Salton Sea Quantification Settlement Agreement…”

Helix Water District approves rate hikes / Scoop San Diego/La Mesa Courier : “The Helix Water District in a 3-to-2 vote Aug. 21 approved proposed rate hikes for fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15, with plans to revisit additional rate hikes in subsequent years…”

San Diego water operations to be streamlined by CH2M HILL consulting contract / WaterWorld : “CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction and operations firm, has been awarded a contract by the city of San Diego Public Utilities Department to provide optimization consulting services to streamline the city’s water and wastewater operations…”

Rancho Santa Fe Water District board to consider pros and cons of neighboring agency merger at workshop / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “Along with the steep rise in the water bills of San Diego County residents over the past few years has come more talk about water agency consolidation…. Most frequently mentioned as a possible consolidation partner for the Santa Fe district is the Olivenhain Municipal Water District…”

Pipeline leak gets emergency $75K repair / The Coast News : “OCEANSIDE — A routine visual inspection of facilities by city workers spotted a pipeline leak that requires a $75,000 emergency repair. The broken pipeline is one of two pipelines that transport water in and out of the Guajome Reservoir…”

Water: Supplies come ‘down to the wire’ in much of state / Ag Alert : “In San Diego County, supplies have been available, “but I’m mortified by the price,” said ornamental nursery grower Eric Anderson. “It works out to more than $2,000 an acre-foot for water. But, at that price, I’m not sure how much demand there is for water because it’s hard to grow crops profitable enough to justify it…””

Water board leaves Division II seat as is / Ramona Sentinal : “The fate of Director Christopher “Kit” Kesinger’s Division II seat on the Ramona Municipal Water District Board is in the hands of his constituents, say board members. With Kesinger absent for his eighth consecutive meeting Aug. 27, the other four directors steered away, by a 4-0 vote, from sending him a letter asking for his voluntary resignation…”

Water main break in La Jolla Saturday morning / San Diego 6 : “A water main break Saturday in the downtown village of La Jolla flooded the immediate area and deprived about 40 customers nearby of water…”


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