The hepatitis A outbreak, which has killed 19 people, is renewing interest in a battle as old as San Diego: The fight against excrement. The effort to manage sewage has not always gone well for San Diego. But it was looking up until this summer. Now, a congressman has sounded the alarm about local waterways. And […]
The hepatitis A outbreak has renewed interest in the bacteria-filled San Diego River. The county has called downtown a “fecally contaminated environment.” A congressman has sounded the alarm about local waterways. And an image problem has arisen again, like in the 1980s when there so much sewage running into Mission Bay its beaches were closed a quarter of the time.
The fight between the Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority has eaten up countless time and cost water customers across Southern California tens of millions of dollars. The latest twist has led some smaller local agencies that are part of the Water Authority to rebel against it.
The truth about hepatitis A and San Diego waterways, water agencies’ murky transparency records and more in our biweekly roundup of the region’s environmental news.
Clear the Air is a group formed to question the city’s attempt to enter the energy market. Some of its members work for SDG&E or its parent company, Sempra. Groups on both sides of the debate are mobilizing supporters who are, to varying degrees, open about their economic interests.
For years, San Diego water officials argued the region’s major supplier of water, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, charges too much to deliver water to San Diego from the Colorado River. On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court declined to take up the case, leaving a lower court ruling siding with Metropolitan in place.
Much of San Diego’s water and power are brought in from hundreds of miles away. Here and all along the way, there’s a lot going on. The Environment Report is a new way to get some of this information to you.
The hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego has brought together a volatile cocktail of rampant speculation and uncertain science.
It’s fair to say that public power agencies are taking the state by storm. They are known as community choice aggregators, or CCAs – and San Diego is considering creating one. But expect a series of hurdles that could stall, undermine or kill its plans.
The ethics office within the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California was created to help temper the long feud between Met and the San Diego County Water Authority. Now it’s become another tool in the fight. Metropolitan’s board may vote to fire its ethics officer after she appeared to side with the Water Authority in two recent investigations.