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San Diego regional water news roundup: Dec 23-29, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 30, 2013

Clear warm weather and glassy conditions last Friday at Sunset Cliffs (South Garbage).

Clear warm weather and glassy conditions last Friday at Sunset Cliffs (South Garbage).


Dry year takes toll on San Diego River / KPBS : “A third year of dry conditions in San Diego is taking a toll on the San Diego River. Many parts of the 52-mile-long waterway resemble a swampy pond: The water is perfectly still and there’s no flow to wash away overgrown plants that have created floating canopies…”

2013 among driest years in decades / U-T San Diego : “The dome of high pressure that’s been steering most storms away from Southern California since late November will linger until at least Jan. 6th, guaranteeing that 2013 will be among the driest years that San Diego has experienced in the past three decades…”

S.D. County Water Authority case against Metropolitan Water District wraps up in court; judge to issue decision in late January / Fallbrook Village News : “Lawyers for the San Diego County Water Authority on Monday, Dec. 23, wrapped up their case against the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, concluding a five-day trial with more than $2 billion at stake for county residents…”

La Mesa response to sewer spill penalty / La Mesa Courier : “The City of La Mesa has been working systematically to reduce sewer inflow and infiltration since 2001. Some inflow and infiltration is normal, expected and taken into account when sewer models are created and pipes are designed, but not to the volume generated by a 350 year storm…”

Encinitas gets nat’l conservation award / U-T San Diego : “The City of Encinitas came close to winning first place in a national water conservation contest…pledging to save water and then taking measures to conserve, such as sweeping instead of using a hose to clean up…”

Construction progresses at North County desalination plant / KPBS : “There’s not much to see but cranes when you drive past the construction site of the largest desalination project yet built in the Western Hemisphere. But the billion-dollar plant being built on the Carlsbad coastline is wrapping up its first year of construction…”

SD sued over sea lion stench / U-T San Diego : “At least two businesses have joined to sue San Diego over the stench from sea-lion waste at La Jolla Cove, accusing the city of not acting promptly to find a consistent and comprehensive solution…”

Council members approve sewer rate increase / U-T San Diego : ” Chula Vista City Council members have increased sewer rates effective in July that will boost the cost for the average single-family residence by 8.8 percent next year, or about $3.50 a month…”

IID chief engineer to head water department / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District’s chief water department engineer has been tapped to lead the department. Former general manager and current water department manager Jesse Silva will retire Jan. 10…”

Water main break closes La Mesa street / City News Service via KFMB with video : “A water main broke beneath a La Mesa roadway Sunday, city officials said. The water main break was reported shortly after 1 p.m. in the 6300 block of Southern Road near Dixie Drive…”


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