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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 30-Oct 6, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 7, 2013


Salton Sea Authority looking at small-scale restoration plans / Imperial Valley Press : “With implementation of a comprehensive Salton Sea restoration plan years away at best, if at all, the Salton Sea Authority is developing a method to evaluate smaller projects that help rehabilitate the sea incrementally as small amounts of funding become available…”

Desalination plant worth more than grain of salt / Construction Equipment Guide : “Currently under construction, the Carlsbad Desalination Project will become the nation’s largest seawater desalination facility when it’s completed, providing an estimated one-third of all locally generated water in San Diego County…”

Bathroom wipes are messing up pipes / U-T San Diego : “Wastewater authorities say wipes may go down the toilet, but even many labeled flushable aren’t breaking down as they course through the sewer system. That’s costing some municipalities millions of dollars to dispatch crews to unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery…”

State representatives discuss renewable energy development on visit to Salton Sea / Imperial Valley Press : “Local officials are advocating the development and transmission of the Salton Sea’s energy as a means to fund Salton Sea restoration and create sorely needed jobs…”

City hall runaround leaves community gardens high and dry / Voice of San Diego : “San Diego amended its ordinance on urban agriculture last year, lifting restrictions on backyard bees, chickens and goats. It also made it easier to establish community gardens. At least that was the goal. Community garden advocates say there are still roadblocks – chief among them is the high cost of water…”

Are $25 billion in water projects too much to swallow? / U-T San Diego : “In Sacramento, lawmakers have been wrestling with how to slim down a $11.4 billion bond scheduled for the November 2014 ballot…The outcome will have consequences for the San Diego region in terms of how much water is available and at what price.


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