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OPINION: Opposing Sides In California Water Wars Forced Together In Groundwater Agencies

With all the downpours and flooding across California this winter, it might seem that the pressure to begin managing the state’s precious groundwater supply would ease up a bit. Instead, the state is pushing to quicken the pace of implementing groundwater regulations. “To protect critical water infrastructure, we need to think about what we can do at a faster pace” than the long-term deadlines now in groundwater law, said Jeanine Jones, a Department of Water Resources manager, citing new aerial images pinpointing severe over-pumping.


12,000 Imperial County Children Already Have Asthma. Will Salton Sea Make It Worse?

Edna Ruiz saw her two-year-old daughter Estellah’s lips start to turn purple as the child gasped for air. She had asthma attacks before, but this was the worst. When they arrived in the emergency room of El Centro Regional Medical Center about 10 p.m. in January, Estellah had a temperature of 104 degrees. “It’s really scary to know when she’s coughing, she could stop breathing,” Ruiz said. The doctor confirmed Estellah’s asthma diagnosis and prescribed medications that helped her improve and return home.

After Therapy Dog Refuses To Drink, San Diego Unified Finds Lead In Water

A dog’s reluctance to drink from a bowl in a San Diego classroom led to the discovery of lead in the school’s water system, and testing of all pipes in the San Diego Unified School District will begin soon. According to a notice sent Friday to parents and staff members at Emerson-Bandini Elementary and San Diego Co-Operative Charter School 2, which share a single campus, a teacher at the charter school noticed her therapy dog would not drink from a bowl filled with water from the classroom sink on Jan. 26

Water Quality Tested Daily, Says RMWD Manager

A report about areas of the unincorporated county that had water quality issues led to some residents calling the Ramona Municipal Water District with concerns, said the district’s general manager. David Barnum told the water board at its March 14 meeting that none of the areas listed in a recent report from the State Water Resources Control Board received water from RMWD, which imports its water from the San Diego County Water Authority.

March 23: Community Briefs

The San Diego County Water Authority and select locations of The Home Depot are again partnering to offer discounts on water-efficient plants ideal for springtime planting through a series of San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs. Consumers are invited to take advantage of these deals at seven events across the county. The next one will be held March 25, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Home Depot in Encinitas (1001 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas).