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San Diego regional water news roundup – Nov 4-10, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 11, 2013

A portion of El Capitan Reservoir, looking east from the personal watercraft area, Cuyamaca Peak in the distance. As of September, the reservoir held 44% of its 112,807 acre-feet capacity (click to enlarge).

A portion of El Capitan Reservoir, looking east from the personal watercraft area, Cuyamaca Peak in the distance. As of September, the reservoir held 44% of its 112,807 acre-feet capacity (click to enlarge).

 

Pipeline breaks in the news last week:

 


$12M water line could save Escondido ag / U-T San Diego : “Aiming to help Escondido’s struggling farmers get cheaper water, city officials are moving forward with a $12 million pipeline expansion…which would more than triple the length of the city’s recycled water line…”

Researchers: dead fish leaving balls of detritus on Salton Sea beaches / mydesert.com : “Along the shores of the Salton Sea, a group of researchers has recently been spotting something different among the bones of dead fish: balls of brownish waxy material baking in the sun. “…something has kicked in there that allows these unique things to develop. Something is different.”…”

Water board’s proposal draws criticism / U-T San Diego : “Speakers at a Helix Water District Board of Directors meeting took the board to task Wednesday for proposed policy changes that the speakers said would limit free speech. […] Some of the drafted policy changes suggested placing limits on how a board member may deal with the press…”

IID board approves moving forward with second phase of managed marsh project / Imperial Valley News : “The board approved a major work authorization that will cause IID and its partners in the IID-San Diego County Water Authority water transfer agreement, under the Joint Powers Authority, to construct the second phase of the three-part managed marsh project…”

Oceanside adopts new water, sewer rates / U-T San Diego : “The Oceanside City Council voted to approve a tiered rate system for water and sewage treatment users that would keep prices about the same for typical single-family homes but would increase the price for other customers…”

City faces $30M in liabilities for condos’ defective pipes / San Diego Reader : “The City of San Diego will soon be shelling out tens of millions of dollars in claims over corroded sewage pipes leaking hydrogen sulfide gas into expensive condominiums downtown…”

Proposed desalination plant could harm ocean environment, report says / Los Angeles Times : “A proposed seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach could significantly harm parts of the Southern California ocean environment unless substantial changes are made in its design and operation, according to the staff of the state Coastal Commission. Poseidon Resources, a small, privately held company based in Stamford, Conn., first proposed the Huntington Beach desalter, and a similar one now under construction in Carlsbad in San Diego County, in 1998…”

 

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