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San Diego regional water news roundup – Dec 2-8, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 9, 2013

The City of San Diego's Upper Otay Reservoir was established in 1959 as a hatchery for the propagation and introduction of Florida-strain largemouth bass.  Today the reservoir offers 'catch-and-release' fishing for Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, and bullhead.

The City of San Diego’s Upper Otay Reservoir was established in 1959 as a hatchery for the propagation and introduction of Florida-strain largemouth bass. Today the reservoir offers ‘catch-and-release’ fishing for Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, and bullhead.

 


Imperial Valley agencies develop plan to save ailing Salton Sea / Los Angeles Times : “With an ominous deadline approaching, two feuding Imperial Valley agencies have put aside their differences and developed a plan they hope can save the ailing Salton Sea, the state’s largest body of water and often considered its most vexing environmental problem. A sense of urgency comes from the fact that after 2017, under its water sales agreement with the San Diego County Water Authority, the Imperial Irrigation District will no longer send water directly into the sea…”

Salton Sea may become financial sinkhole / U-T San Diego : “The Legislature’s efforts to “save” the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake and one of the nation’s eeriest places, have gone virtually nowhere in the last decade, unless one counts the millions of dollars that have been spent on personnel and consultants. That’s the conclusion of a recent report by State Auditor Elaine Howle…”

ACWA presents communications award to San Diego’s Department of Public Utilities / Digital Journal : “The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its Huell Howser Best in Blue Award to the City of San Diego for its multi-faceted public outreach campaign on a new Water Purification Demonstration Project…”

SDCWA persists in water cost war / The Coast News : “Though working on diversifying its water supply sources, SDCWA (San Diego County Water Authority) will remain reliant on the supplier it is suing over water costs. The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is the primary supplier of imported water for six counties in Southern California, San Diego County included…”

Health officials close beaches after sewage spills into San Diego River / ScoopSanDiego.com : “An estimated 22,500 gallons of sewage spilled and entered the San Diego River, which flows out to the ocean near the southern portion of Mission Beach and the Dog Beach area of Ocean Beach…”

Why you shouldn’t panic over the OB sewage spill / Voice of San Diego : “Earlier this week, a huge batch of sewage gushed into the San Diego River, shutting down parts of Mission Beach and Ocean Beach. It made us wonder: How grody is the water that runs through our county? It turns out it’s not an easy question to answer…”

CWA vote entitlement percentage down for Rainbow MWD, FPUD / Fallbrook Village News : “The San Diego County Water Authority board meeting Nov. 21 approved the 2014 vote entitlements for SDCWA member agencies, and the weighted vote for the Rainbow Municipal Water District and the Fallbrook Public Utility District will decrease from the agencies’ 2013 vote entitlements…”

Encinitas faces $430K fine for runoff at park site / U-T San Diego : ” Encinitas is facing $430,000 state fine from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board for twice letting sediment-filled stormwater flow off a huge city park construction site and into San Elijo Lagoon…”

EDITORIAL: Don’t duck accountability for dubious PR spending / The Press-Enterprise : “Leaving troubling questions unanswered does not build confidence in a public agency. Eastern Municipal Water District officials need to give ratepayers a full accounting for a $60,000 outlay on a secret public relations campaign in another county. Even a high-stakes legal battle does not excuse the water district from accountability. Eastern released a trove of internal documents last month as part of a court case brought by the San Diego County Water Authority…”

FPUD, Rainbow boards begin LAFCO consolidation / Fallbrook Village News : “The functional consolidation between the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District may turn into an actual jurisdictional consolidation by the end of 2014…”

 

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