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San Diego regional water news roundup: Mar 3-9, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 10, 2014

There's actually some running water in Pine Creek (barely visible at bottom right if you click to enlarge). This is along the Secret Canyon Trail near Pine Valley. That's Interstate 8 above.

There’s actually some running water in Pine Creek (barely visible at bottom right if you click to enlarge). This is along the Secret Canyon Trail near Pine Valley. That’s Interstate 8 above.


Drought brings attention to Bay Delta Conservation Plan / San Diego Source : “…[E]ffects on San Diego ratepayers is one of many points of inquiry that Cushman said the Water Authority has raised with the BDCP program during the public comment period open through June 14. The Water Authority also questions the transparency of the program”

Where local drought money goes / U-T San Diego : “North County avocado farmers irrigating their groves with all recycled water…dozens of homeowners cashing rebate checks in return for tearing out thirsty lawns…Those are but a few of the potential benefits from ongoing local programs in line for a shot of about $10 million in fresh cash coming from a recently signed statewide drought relief package…”

Drought threatens wildlife, ecosystems / U-T San Diego : “Welcome storms that just swept across the state will certainly provide some respite, but more are desperately needed. California’s persistent drought threatens to take a heavy toll on the environment as well as the economy…”

Del Mar residents encouraged to increase water conservation / Del Mar Times : “Del Mar residents are doing a great job limiting water use, but the San Diego County Water Authority is asking ratepayers to conserve even more to help spare supplies during the ongoing drought…”

Lake Morena reservoir is 4 percent full and will stay that way / KPBS : ““We intend to essentially run the lake at about this current level as long as we possibly can so we can capture and use the local runoff to the benefit of our ratepayers,” said Brent Eidson, the external affairs deputy director for the city’s public utilities department…”

Water conservation’s other benefit: It’s a power saver / Los Angeles Times : “The energy needed to move agricultural water exceeds the electricity used by everyone in San Diego. Our conservation efforts, even the tiniest ones, have a second overlooked benefit: They also save energy…”

San Diego soaks up water savings following storm [including video] / KPBS : “The much-needed precipitation moistened vegetation and gave a little boost to reservoir storage, but the biggest benefit will be the water savings this week from residents turning off their sprinklers…”

Santa Fe Irrigation District asks Solana Beach customers to limit water use / Del Mar Times : “The district — which serves customers in Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch — declared a Level 1 Water Shortage and called for voluntary water conservation during its Feb. 20 board meeting…”

Salton Sea gets boost from collaboration agreement / Association of California Water Agencies : “Officials say the agreement is a key step forward on the path to finding a long-term restoration plan for the Salton Sea that works for the local community and state and federal agencies…”

Salton Sea: Riverside County wants money for restoration / The Press-Enterprise : “Riverside County officials want to see language in a water bill preserved that could help the Salton Sea get millions of dollars for restoration…”

Obama budget includes $200,000 for Salton Sea / : “The Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress seeks a fraction of the $1 million that two local congressmen had sought for a Salton Sea restoration project…”

Colorado River delta to receive infusion of water / U-T San Diego : “The United States and Mexico plan to collaborate this month on a pilot project aimed at restoring wetlands in the Colorado River delta in Baja California through a one-time high-volume delivery of river water, a move hailed as historic by environmental groups on both sides of the border…”

Padre Dam representative joins Colorado River board / U-T San Diego : “Doug Wilson, a Padre Dam Municipal Water District board member, has been appointed by the San Diego County Water Authority to serve on the Colorado River Board…”

Tentative rulings on attorney fees in QSA lawsuits issued / Imperial Valley Press : “A judge has issued tentative rulings on motions for attorney fees in the coordinated Quantification Settlement Agreement lawsuits. If the ruling stands, San Diego County Water Authority’s motion for nearly $97,000 against the County of Imperial and Imperial County Air Pollution Control District will be granted…”

San Diego Coastkeeper welcomes Glen Schmidt to board of directors / San Diego Coastkeeper : “San Diego Coastkeeper announces the addition of Glen Schmidt to its board of directors. Schmidt brings substantial experience in high profile roles in water conservation and stormwater policy…”

Fallbrook/Rainbow water merger falls apart / U-T San Diego : “The planned merger of the water districts that serve Fallbrook and Rainbow has fallen apart after board members for the two agencies couldn’t agree on how to structure district elections going forward…”

Closure lifted for south county beaches / Imperial Beach Patch : “Testing confirms water quality in Imperial Beach, Silver Strand, and Coronado meets State health standards following recent Tijuana River flows. The water contact closure for the ocean shoreline at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park remains in effect…”


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