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Local observations on water, environment, technology, law & politics

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

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 24, 2014

"Water of the Woods" at the southwest end of Big Laguna Meadow (altitude around 5500 ft.) in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, a 1 or 2 hour hike (each way) from Sunrise Highway, depending which trailhead you choose. This picture was taken just a few days ago (click image for enlargement).

“Water of the Woods” at the southwest end of Big Laguna Meadow (altitude around 5500 ft.) in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, a 1 or 2 hour hike (each way) from Sunrise Highway, depending which trailhead you choose. This picture was taken just a few days ago (click image for enlargement).

 


Otay Water asks customers to conserve / U-T San Diego : “In response to the continuing statewide drought, Otay Water District’s Board of Directors last Friday declared a Level 1 – Supply Watch Condition in which a 10 percent reduction of water use is requested…”

Carlsbad flower fields are “drought proof / NBC 7 San Diego : “Locals know when spring has arrived in San Diego by the sight of all the blooms along Interstate 5 in the North County. With the state of California in the middle of a devastating drought, some visitors may wonder how the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch can afford such a display of color…”

East County water well shows high levels of uranium / KGTV ABC10 San Diego : “DESCANSO – People living in part of East County are concerned that their water supply is showing troubling levels of radioactivity…”

FPUD asks LAFCO for consolidation; will seek another JPA partner / The Fallbrook Village News : “Despite the wishes of the Rainbow Municipal Water District board not to continue with plans to merge Rainbow and the Fallbrook Public Utility District, the FPUD board has submitted an application for the merger to San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission…”

Auditor asks San Diego Police to investigate possible misuse of city funds / City News Service via KPBS : “Auditors found that the unnamed worker at the Public Utility Department’s Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Warehouse used city funds between March 2008 and November 2012 to buy more than $182,000 in vehicle batteries…”

Carlsbad water supply in good shape despite drought / The Coast News : “After two consecutive dry years and a third underway, concerns about mandatory water supplies and cutbacks have swelled. But for the Carlsbad Municipal Water District, the outlook for 2014 isn’t that dire…”

No showers bring no spring wildflowers / U-T San Diego : “Right around spring equinox, Jon Rebman, curator of botany for the San Diego Natural History Museum usually puts on his hiking boots and heads for the hills to search for wildflowers. But not this year…”

As land development gains ground, stormwater practices encounter increased scrutiny / San Diego Source : “The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) recently implemented…requirements that expose developers to complex administrative responsibilities including intensive recordkeeping, reporting and proactive measures to protect environmentally sensitive watershed locations…”

Agency approaches to water conservation not one-size-fits-all / San Diego Source : “As the drought persists, it’s becoming clear that while there are a number of ways San Diego County water agencies could facilitate conservation, each will determine what works for its customers…”

What a retrofit mandate might cost a San Diego homeowner / Voice of San Diego : “San Diego homes need to have water-conserving toilets, shower heads and faucets before they can be sold. That’s part of the city’s Plumbing Retrofit Upon Re-Sale Ordinance…”

Stop water leaks quickly to limit losses / U-T San Diego : “Eight percent of the water used in a typical single-family California home is wasted due to leaks, according to a 2011 study. Look for leaks once a month to catch them quickly…”

Fitch rates San Diego County Water Authority, CA’s $110M CP notes, Ser 8 ‘F1’ / Fort Mill Times : “Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of ‘F1’ to the $110,000,000 San Diego County Water Authority (the authority) commercial paper (CP) notes, Series 8 (the notes). The rating is based on the support provided by a liquidity facility issued in the form of a revolving credit and term loan agreement…”

 

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