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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 9-15, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 16, 2013

 

Looking west from Southeastern Mission Bay. Fiesta Island on the right, Sea World and the South Shores Boat Ramp in the background.

Looking west from Southeastern Mission Bay. Fiesta Island on the right, Sea World and the South Shores Boat Ramp in the background.

A Snowy Egret looks for small fish near the shore at Mission Bay. Click pictures for enlargements.

A Snowy Egret looks for small fish near the shore at Mission Bay.

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New San Diego County representative seated on Metropolitan Board / Enhanced Online News : “San Diego County water leader Michael T. Hogan took his seat today on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Hogan joins Fern Steiner, Keith Lewinger and Vincent Mudd as San Diego County Water Authority representatives on Metropolitan’s 37-member board…”

Salton Sea could be worse than Owens Lake / Imperial Valley Press : “The sparsely populated Owens Valley is the site of some of the highest levels of particulate matter air pollution ever recorded in the United States, with most of it originating from the dried Owens Lake bed. And while Imperial County’s Salton Sea still contains water, it will likely be worse than Owens Lake if the sea is allowed to dry up…”

California-friendly landscape training classes begin Sept. 14 / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are partnering with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to offer free training classes on WaterSmart landscaping over the next several months. The classes introduce a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance that emphasizes water-use efficiency…”

San Diego County Water Authority mulls Bay Delta project [with video] / KPBS : “State water officials are in San Diego this week talking about a major water supply project: the Bay Delta Conservation Project. The plan has a duel purpose: to make water transfers from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta to Southern California more reliable and to restore the Delta’s threatened environment…”

Legoland’s water park is getting bigger / U-T San Diego : “In what will be one of its largest investments, Legoland announced Thursday that its water park will undergo a major expansion next year…The 2.5-acre addition, while a part of Legoland’s existing water park, will be a distinctly new area that will include an interactive wave pool…”

Salton Sea governance bill awaits governor’s signature / Imperial Valley Press : “A bill that advances Salton Sea restoration efforts is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. If approved, Assembly Bill 71 would require the state Natural Resources Agency to coordinate with the Salton Sea Authority on restoration efforts…”

Helix Water mulls over future of Lake Jennings / U-T San Diego : “Financial and recreational issues regarding Lake Jennings were vetted at the district’s board meeting on Wednesday by way of a workshop specific to the district’s future plans for the lake, which helps the district store, treat and deliver water to more than 260,000 people in La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove, and parts of Spring Valley and Lakeside…”

Rancho Santa Fe water district to reach out to potential merger partners / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “Santa Fe Irrigation District directors are open to the idea of merging with an adjacent water district to save money, but the question is whether their neighbors share that interest…”

Del Mar Mesa board hears water purification update, seeks state regulations / Carmel Valley News : “Citing a scant 6 inches of rain over the last year exacerbating the city’s water shortage crisis and skyrocketing prices, Public Utilities Department representatives Hooman Partow, senior civil engineer, and Mehdi Khalili, engineer, updated the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning board Sept. 12 on San Diego’s Water Purification Project…”

Nearly $53 million sought by QSA plaintiffs / Imperial Valley Press : “The Morgan/Holtz Parties seek $52,762,358.62 from Imperial Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority, Metropolitan Water District, Coachella Valley Water District, state of California, city of Escondido and Vista Irrigation District, defendants in the lawsuits…”

 

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