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San Diego regional water news roundup: Feb 17-23, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 24, 2014

Lake Sutherland appears distressed in this photo taken a few days ago. The reservoir is presently at 10% of capacity.

Lake Sutherland appears distressed in this photo taken a few days ago. The reservoir is presently at 10% of capacity.


Dire message from feds: No water this year / U-T San Diego : “The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said it had no choice with reservoirs at near-record lows, a snowpack registering at about a quarter of normal and the end of winter just a few weeks away…”

San Diego nears dryness record / U-T San Diego : “Unless it receives 0.13” soon, San Diego will notch the driest December-February period on record. And there’s a good chance that will happen…”

Why San Diego’s water wonks aren’t panicking / Voice of San Diego : “In the weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, the San Diego County Water Authority has repeatedly said past efforts to diversify its water sources and hold more H20 in storage mean our region can avoid the significant cutbacks others have seen…”

Broader state water strategy badly needed / U-T San Diego : “Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency proposal to spend $687 million on drought relief projects and programs is welcome if overdue. But…[a]ny serious drought relief proposal has to include increased water storage facilities. The Brown proposal does not…”

Improving water reliability for region / U-T San Diego : “Conservation is the cornerstone of the city’s long-term water policy. That means fostering a culture of water saving and resource stewardship throughout the region, and encouraging all of us to make changes in our daily water use…”

Water, ethics bills play big roles in 2014 session / AP via U-T San Diego : “Drought and water issues will play a prominent role in this year’s legislative session as most of California is dealing with the consequences of one of the driest periods on record. Since the Legislature reconvened in January, 1,929 bills were introduced…”

Should bans on drought-resistant yards be lifted? / U-T San Diego : “Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez has reopened a turf war in the Capitol over whether homeowners association should have the right to require green lawns and lush flower gardens even in a drought…”

San Diego’s stormwater bill: $4 billion / U-T San Diego : “Last week San Diego officials alerted Wall Street that regulations designed to scrub pollution from urban runoff could cost $4 billion over the next 17 years…”

Getting soaked? Desalination plants face scrutiny / LiveScience : “The San Diego County Water Authority has agreed to purchase the [desalinated] water from Poseidon Water, the Carlsbad plant’s operator, for about $2,000 an acre-foot..almost double what the agency now pays for water…”

Can California farmers save water and the dying Salton Sea? / National Geographic Daily News : “The sea’s decline will accelerate dramatically in 2018, when the IID must stop sending “mitigation water” to the lake as part of a pact known as the Quantification Settlement Agreement…that placed California on a Colorado River water diet and transfers some of the river’s flow to San Diego…”

County Water Authority sends out fiscal sustainability task force recommendations – likely that rate structure will be revised / Fallbrook Village News : “The CWA seeks to avoid a situation where conservation resulting in a decrease in water usage leads to the need to increase rates…”

CWA master plan public comments being reviewed / Valley Roadrunner : “The update of the San Diego County Water Authority’s master plan is now in the phase of review and response to public comments…to develop a cost-effective and reliable plan for new infrastructure capable of meeting member agency demands through the year 2035…”

Beer makers find new ways to conserve / San Diego 6 : “Here in San Diego water officials have asked everyone to voluntarily conserve. This request has some local craft beer makers worried about their future….”

CSU San Marcos launches first-of-its-kind course for water managers / KPBS : “…CSU San Marcos has decided to start a training course for water engineers, middle managers and others who may end up with the job of keeping water flowing…”

UC is set to replace San Diego pier for ocean research ships / Los Angeles Times : “…UC San Diego, which runs Scripps, is about to embark on a $25-million project to replace the Nimitz Marine Facility’s wharf and pier on the Point Loma peninsula…”

Free WaterSmart landscape makeover workshop series begins in March / San Diego County Water Authority : “Starting in March, the San Diego County Water Authority is sponsoring a new series of free classes around the region to help residents turn conventional yards into WaterSmart landscaping showcases…”

CA district wastewater collection system earns CWEA high honors / WaterWorld : “The California Water Environment Association – San Diego section recently named Vallecitos Water District in San Marcos, Calif., the 2013 Collection System of the Year (small collection system category) for employing industry-leading procedures and techniques to increase system reliability and make the District an environmental protection leader…”

Water main break leaves customers without water / U-T San Diego : “A water main break in Linda Vista flooded homes and left some 80 customers without water Tuesday morning…”


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