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San Diego regional water news roundup: Mar 10-16, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 17, 2014

Sweetwater Dam holds back runoff from the Sweetwater River watershed which begins near the Green Valley Falls area in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Sweetwater Dam holds back runoff from the Sweetwater River watershed which begins near the Green Valley Falls area in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.


Drought alert: the picture tells the story at local reservoirs / KFMB Channel 8 : “The rain has come and gone, but California is still in a drought. Now we’re getting a look at the effects it’s having on local reservoir levels…”

How California’s drought affects the country’s supply of fruits and vegetables / Los Angeles Times : “Having to take shorter showers and conserve water isn’t the only thing we’ll need to worry about with the drought currently plaguing California. The lack of water will also have an effect on the availability and price of the fruits and vegetables we eat every day, if it hasn’t already…”

California drought’s impact on beer? Well it is 90 percent water / KGTV ABC10 San Diego : “…with 90 percent or more of beer being made up of water, California’s drought could mean a change in how San Diego’s booming craft brewery industry operates….”

New study predicts fewer rainy days in CA’s future / KPCC : “It’s drier days ahead for California, according to a new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The researchers used a new way of analyzing computer models to predict rain levels across the globe…”

San Diego diversifies water supplies, but increases reliance on Colorado River / KPBS : “The majority of San Diego County’s water supply comes from the Colorado River. It keeps our faucets running and landscapes green and it makes quite a trek to get here…”

Cut swimming pool’s water loss / U-T San Diego : “While pools can be great aquatic playgrounds, they also can drain a lot of water if owners aren’t careful. Each situation is different, but the California Urban Water Conservation Council provides several strategies to consider…”

San Diego water managers target grass lawns for water conservation / KPBS : “You can find a green ribbon of grass in most San Diego yards. The thirsty transplant is a staple of Southern California landscaping. It is mowed, manicured, imitated and — most significantly — watered…”

If you weren’t already conserving water, Saturday is good time to start / U-T San Diego : “When the big regional pipeline beneath Fallbrook runs dry for routine maintenance on Saturday, the town may be cut off from imported water supplies for as many as 13 days…”

Fix a Leak Week, March 17-23 / San Diego County Water Authority : “While household water leaks may not seem like a big deal, they waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide, equivalent to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which sponsors national Fix a Leak Week, March 17-23…”

Group balks at SDG&E water use / U-T San Diego : “An East County activist group has filed a complaint against San Diego Gas & Electric Co., urging state regulators to suspend a water permit issued for a major substation project…”

Water release may revive Colorado River Delta / Imperial Valley Press : “Beginning March 23, U.S. and Mexican officials will release more than 105,000 acre-feet of water through the last dam on the Colorado River over an eight-week period…”

For Imperial Valley farmers, abundant water amid drought / Los Angeles Times : “While some areas of California face supply cutbacks because of the drought, the Imperial Valley has all the water it can use, thanks to senior rights on the Colorado River established decades ago…”

Water Authority prevails in public records lawsuit against Eastern Municipal Water District / San Diego County Water Authority : “A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ruled that a Public Records Act lawsuit brought by the San Diego County Water Authority against the Eastern Municipal Water District compelled the Riverside water agency to release records and that it must conduct an additional search for records responsive to the Water Authority’s request…”

FPUD board requests LAFCO expedite merger with Rainbow; wants RMWD dissolved / Fallbrook Village News : “After a year of working with Rainbow Municipal Water District toward a cost-saving merger, which fell apart last week when Rainbow board members asked to withdraw, the Fallbrook Public Utility District’s board of directors voted yesterday to request that LAFCO move forward and promptly merge the two districts anyway…”

San Diego County Water Authority launches new website to show what it says is overcharging by Metropolitan Water District / San Diego 6 : “LA’s Metropolitan Water District sells water to districts stretching from Ventura to San Diego, and the San Diego Water Authority contends they are overcharging every single one of them. The water authority has launched a new website took that they say is a good way for consumers to get educated and to fight back…”

New UC San Diego biosensor will guard water supplies from toxic threats / : “Supported by a $953,958 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), researchers at the University of California San Diego will develop a sophisticated new biosensor that can protect the nation’s water supplies from a wide range of toxins, including heavy metals and other poisons…”

Help improve our water quality: submit your water project ideas by March 28 / East County Magazine : “The County of San Diego needs your help in identifying potential storm water quality improvement projects. Recently adopted regulations require that the County identify and pursue a variety of on-the-ground projects to improve regional storm water quality…”

Kris McFadden to head San Diego Transportation & Storm Water Department / San Diego Source : “The administration of newly elected San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer continues taking shape as he announced on Tuesday that Kris McFadden would direct the city’s Transportation & Storm Water Department…”

Fitch Affirms public facilities fin auth of San Diego, CA wastewater revs at ‘AA’; outlook stable / Fort Mill Times : “Debt levels are likely to increase ultimately (and possibly during the forecast period) through either the movement of Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant (PLWTP) to full secondary treatment or the reduction of flows to PLWTP through the construction of a full-scale indirect potable reuse (IPR) project…”

Crews working to repair water main break in Park West / KFMB Channel 8 : “Several customers are without water in the Park West area after a water main break…”

Runoff regulations needed for San Diego’s waters / U-T San Diego : A recent U-T San Diego editorial (“Unnecessary rules, at $4 billion cost,” Feb. 24) complained about the “ridiculousness” of stormwater runoff requirements adopted last May by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. However, the problem of water pollution is no laughing matter…”

Water and the mother’s milk of politics / San Diego Reader : “As drought ravages California and other parts of the West, the political giving habits of the state’s private water merchants and brokers are coming under increasing scrutiny. One is La Jolla–based Pico Holdings on Ivanhoe Street, a publically traded firm that owns the Vidler Water Company…”

Old Coach Estates water availability on Poway council agenda / Pomerado News : “The availability of city water to properties in the Old Coach Estates luxury development is expected to occupy much of Tuesday night’s Poway City Council meeting…”


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