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San Diego regional water news roundup: Jan 27-Feb 2, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 3, 2014

Lake Hodges reservoir, approaching from the north on Lake Drive.

Lake Hodges reservoir, approaching from the north on Lake Drive.


Southern Cal resists water rationing / U-T San Diego : “Water agencies in San Diego and Southern California have said adequate reserves will allow them to keep conservation efforts mostly voluntary even though districts up north already have imposed rationing in the wake of punishing shortages exacting a heavy toll…”

Emery: Water authority is ignoring drought / Pomerado News : “A big “boo and a hiss” to the San Diego County Water Authority for trivializing California’s drought and ignoring calls for water conservation statewide. We just completed one of the driest years ever recorded in California with little relief in sight for the near future…”

This winter shaping up to be driest in California History / San Diego 6 : “Friday’s announcement by the state Department of Water Resources that said it was cutting off deliveries from the State Water Project because of the drought should have little impact on San Diego, but underscores the need for the public to strengthen conservation efforts, a San Diego County Water Authority official said…”

How dry we are — worst drought conditions in California since 1895 / San Diego Free Press : “Today’s column will start off with a look around media outlets and water conservation activists in the Golden State addressing the impact of the current dry spell. Based on the reactions of State and Federal officials it seems likely to me the public is uninformed about the severity of the situation…”

How is our water supply? / San Diego Source : “Our beloved California is so dry that not only has Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, the California Conference of Catholic bishops has suggested that people of all faiths pray for rain…”

Southern California water suppliers in good shape to weather the drought / Journal of Water [subscription may be required] : “Governor Brown’s drought declaration has stirred up a flurry of responses—everything from water districts reassuring their consumers that there is no cause for immediate alarm to individuals asking those of us in the water industry, “So what are we going to do about water?”…”

Local researcher explains lack of rain after Gov. Brown issues drought emergency / : “As the sun keeps beating down on San Diego, we keep falling behind in our rainfall and a drought emergency was issued by Governor Jerry Brown. The big questions [sic] is, when will it break down?…

California snowpack hits record low / FOX5 San Diego : “Even with the first significant storm in nearly two months dropping snow on the Sierra Nevada, Thursday’s mountain snowpack measurements were the lowest for the date in more than a half-century of record keeping…”

Brown implores SoCal to save more water as crisis escalates / U-T San Diego : “Under intensifying pressure, leading Southern California water managers promised Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday that they will take more aggressive steps to encourage conservation after weeks of caution…”

Talk about saving water! / U-T San Diego : “Brown is imploring Californians to cut water use by 20 percent, and on Thursday he pressed Southern California’s water managers to take greater water-saving actions. Some local residents have been on board for years…”

Why not get tough on water use, California? / Los Angeles Times : “The governor met with Southern California water officials Thursday morning and, again, they bemoaned the seriousness of the drought. Yet the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — the wholesaler that delivers most of the region’s water supply — reiterated the governor’s call for voluntary reductions in water use by 20%. If the drought is so serious, why not insist on something stronger?…”

MCAS Miramar continues water conservation efforts through drought declaration / DVIDS News : ““We’re always pushing for water conservation through different programs and incentives here,” said Megan Blucher, MCAS Miramar engineering branch manager…”

California and water conservation / San Diego 6 : [San Diego Coastkeeper’s Waterkeeper Matt O’Malley shares water conservation ideas for coping with California’s drought]

Wildfires: San Diego’s ecological elephant in the room / San Diego Free Press : “It’s good news that Gloria and others are advocating for policies that will make San Diego more sustainable, from zero waste, bicycle friendly streets, and building retrofits, to recycled water and alternative transit. However, there is one glaring ecological threat that hovers over our region’s policy makers: wildfires…”

Rancho Santa Fe water district to use additional reserve funds to help cover expenses this year / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “An unusually dry winter in San Diego County means the Santa Fe Irrigation District will need to take an additional $700,000 out of reserves to cover its expenses this year, the water agency reported…”

East County residents float a lawsuit as Lake Morena drains / San Diego 6 : “For the first time in more than a decade, the city of San Diego is draining water from Lake Morena, drawing a flood of concern from East County residents and the threat of a lawsuit…”

Mountain community in San Diego finds abundance of water underground / KPBS : “…as some cities and counties are scrambling to find other water sources, a mountain community in San Diego County is relishing in an abundant supply. Nestled beside the mountains in San Diego’s East County, Pine Valley doesn’t have a reservoir or depend on Sierra snowpack or the Colorado River…”

Environmental group challenges San Diego County Water Authority’s Master Plan Update / KPBS : “[Play back a KPBS Midday Edition discussion featuring Ken Weinberg, SDCWA’s Water Resources Director, and Jack Shu, a board director of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation.]

San Diego warns investors of a $4 billion sewer problem / Voice of San Diego : “Having learned its lessons years ago that it is best to lay out just how much money trouble it faces, the city of San Diego is warning investors it will have to come up with nearly $4 billion over two decades to comply with regulations on how it handles stormwater runoff…”

Borrego’s Rams Hill and water district reach agreement / U-T San Diego : “The award-winning Rams Hill golf course in Borrego Springs — once lush and green but now dead and bone dry — will likely reopen by the end of the year…”

IID board slashes municipal water rates / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District board of directors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to reduce municipal water rates from $68 per acre-foot to $20 per acre-foot, the same price that farmers pay for water…”

Water main breaks on Murphy Canyon Rd. / : ” A broken water main flooded a Kearny Mesa street Wednesday and forced detours in the area…”

Swimmers warned about high bacteria levels off OB coast / KFMB Channel 8 : “Swimmers are being advised stay out of the water in Ocean Beach because of higher than normal bacteria levels. Lifeguards say it’s unusual to have such a high bacteria count without seeing a big rain event…”

Contamination alert issued for Imperial Beach coastline after sewage leak / KPBS : “Sewage-fouled water flowing out of the Tijuana River prompted a contamination alert Wednesday along several miles of ocean shoreline near the U.S.-Mexico border…”

Is SeaWorld flushing drugs into ocean? / U-T San Diego : “A longtime security guard is suing SeaWorld for wrongful termination, claiming that company officials fired him in part because he questioned why he was being asked to flush drugs seized from customers down toilets…”


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