In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Ry Rivard dive into why San Diego water officials are wary of Gov. Jerry Brown plan to keep water flowing from Northern California to Southern California.
For years, Mexican officials have been working to build a desalination plant in Rosarito Beach. David Gibson, executive director of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, says the new plant could siphon money from the already strained Tijuana sewer system.
The Water Authority also has taken strategic steps to minimize the local impact of emergencies at Oroville Dam or elsewhere.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer is making Pure Water, the city’s plan to turn sewage into drinkable water, a top priority. But the mayors of Coronado and Chula Vista, city council members in Poway and Lemon Grove, and officials from water agencies in San Diego’s eastern and southern suburbs are all trying to rein in the project.
A disaster in NorCal could affect our water supply here, where dam catastrophes have happened before.
On Wednesday, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Board decided that its limits on metals dumped into the creek were too strict. Now, thousands of pounds of copper and zinc will continue to flow into the creek, but it’ll be considered fine.
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build two 35-mile underground tunnels to keep water coming south through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. The San Diego County Water Authority used to pine for such a plan. But now, emboldened by its drought-proofing projects and wary of shocking ratepayers, the agency is aggressively questioning Brown’s delta tunnels.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Ry Rivard pore over the problems with trying to regulate stormwater pollution.
For local jurisdictions, cannabis farming can generate significant new tax revenues, create jobs and help reverse course for the region’s declining agricultural sector.
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board focuses on sites where it can make the greatest difference and protect the largest groups of people. In recent years, the board has prioritized large sources of pollution, such as the San Diego Bay shipyards, sewer overflows, the Tijuana River and watershed-wide stormwater runoff rather than small sites that present less risk.