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Water Authority Adopts $1.7 billion Budget

The San Diego County Water Authority’s board of directors adopted a $1.7 billion budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, representing a 5 percent increase from the prior two-year budget.

The Water Authority attributed the need for a more expensive budget due to increasing costs for water supply, supply reliability and infrastructure improvements.

OPINION: Farm Bureau Endorses Senate Water Legislation

Water legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate June 20 recognizes the continued crisis facing water reliability in the West, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation.

CFBF endorsed the Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who introduced the bipartisan legislation along with Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

Council Candidate Patrick Batten Endorsed By Water Authority Chair

Former San Diego city council member and now San Diego County Water Authority board chair Jim Madaffer has endorsed Patrick Batten in the race for council District 5.

“I proudly endorse Patrick Batten because of his leadership and experience,” said Madaffer. “Before Patrick joined the Marine Corps he worked for the County of San Diego and the State Assembly handling policy issues, including water. His experience provides an understanding of the nuances of California’s water policy.”



Helix Water District Selects 2019 Lake Jennings Photo Contest Winners

Helix Water District recently selected the winners of its 2019 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest. This year’s first place award in the adult category went to photographer Randy Siegel of Santee for his image titled “Sunrise Over Lake Jennings.” Now in its eighth year, the contest drew 60 entries from throughout San Diego County. This year’s theme was “Life at the Lake,” and each of the entries highlighted the unique beauty of camping, fishing, hiking, spotting wildlife and enjoying the view at Lake Jennings.

Mexican Waters Eyed As Source To Save California’s Salton Sea

From sea to shining sea may take on a new meaning in California, as state officials are reviewing billion dollar plans to import water from Mexico’s Sea of Cortez to help raise water levels at the Salton Sea.Formed by floodwaters from the Colorado River, the Salton Sea has been declining for years. Its exposed playa—the bottom of a desert basin—blows in the twisting wind, sending dust into the air and contributing to high childhood asthma rates.

California Was Warned About Climate Change 30 Years Ago-Now It’s Feeling The Effects

Back in 1989, Californians received a sobering warning: The accumulation of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere would likely bring more droughts, floods, fires and heat waves to the state.

In the 30 years since, those projections of what would happen in a warming world have proven to be remarkably prescient.”We’ve already observed some of the things we expected in 1989,” said Susan Fischer Wilhelm, a research manager at the California Energy Commission, the agency that compiled the report.

U.S. Mayors Adopt Resolution Calling for Increased Funding for Cross-border Sewage Solutions

The U.S. Conference of Mayors joined Coronado and San Diego today in calling for increased federal funding to tackle Mexico river pollution that plagues San Diego County beaches and other communities along the southern U.S. border.

Trump’s Pending Rules On California Water Marked By Missing Documents And Hurried Reviews, Say Scientists

Independent scientists have raised serious concerns about a Trump administration plan to divert more water to California farmers, according to documents obtained by KQED.

In their analyses, they write that the plan poses risks to threatened fish; that the process is rushed; that they didn’t receive enough information to provide a complete scientific review; and that the Trump administration may be skewing the science to make the environmental impact look less serious.

Water Authority Board Adopts $1.7 Billion Two-Year Budget

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors adopted a $1.7 billion budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The new budget is up 5 percent from the current two-year budget, due largely to increasing costs for water supply, supply reliability and infrastructure improvements.

Contractors See Pure Water Case As A Test For Big Projects Across The Region

Scientists suspect hydrogen first met oxygen and formed water amid interstellar clouds as the earliest stars began to die, a billion years after the creation of our universe. With that perspective in mind, the city of San Diego’s plan create a third of the city’s drinking water from recycled sewage isn’t taking that long. But it is definitely delayed. That’s thanks to a dispute between non-union contractors and the city. In November, the City Council required builders looking to work on a big part of the water recycling project, known as Pure Water, to agree to union-friendly contracts.