San Diego County / Southern California

The latest news and analysis covering water issues in the San Diego County region and Southern California.

Escondido Water Quality Lab Leads by Example

California’s 600 certified water quality testing labs will face strict new accreditation standards in the near future. While final hearings still need to take place on the draft regulations before adoption, the City of Escondido Water Quality Lab isn’t waiting. Escondido is working now to adopt the anticipated regulations. Escondido is one of only two […]

Opinion: We Must Focus on the Most Viable Solutions for the Ailing Salton Sea

Talk about the Salton Sea, its possible effects on the surrounding communities, and solutions is ofttimes heavy in emotion but lacking a grounding in fact and science. Here are a few facts that are often missed: The Salton Sea lake is going through the natural evolution of a landlocked body of water, with minimal inflow, […]

IID Approves Controversial Land Deal Near Salton Sea for Construction of ‘Inland Port’

The Imperial Irrigation District board of directors voted this week to approve an option to sell 2,880 acres near Niland and Calipatria to a Moreno Valley-based developer for the construction of an “inland port.” The board postponed action on the deal in December and called for more information and new terms, which IID staff presented before Tuesday’s vote. By a […]

Opinion: Cross-Border Sewage Spills Are an Emergency – It’s Time for the County to Treat Them Like One

We all know what rolls downhill and smells bad. Nowhere is it more true than in the Tijuana River Valley in southern San Diego County, where for years toxic cross-border sewage spills have created the biggest ongoing water pollution and environmental justice crisis in the United States. While some progress has been made in recent […]