In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Ry Rivard break down the concerns surrounding the twin tunnels project.
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.
At very least, an appellate court ruling this week is a momentary setback for the San Diego County Water Authority at crucial time in California water policy and politics. The Water Authority has two major decisions to make by the end of the year and the ruling plays some part in each of them.
The San Diego County Water Authority’s “negativity” isn’t the official reason the group is not participating in talks about the future of California’s water supply, but at least one participant says the Water Authority’s long-running series of disputes with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California was a factor.
Representatives of the three states have been huddling behind closed doors and, for the first time ever, California water officials are offering to give up some of the state’s strongest claims to the Colorado River – at least temporarily. San Diego water officials are sitting on the sidelines, but that hasn’t stopped them from voicing strong opinions about a possible deal.
Metropolitan Water District’s fiscal practices underscore the importance of San Diego County water agencies continuing to implement local water projects that are reliable, drought-proof and more cost-effective than ever.
A court last year found the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California charged too much to deliver water to San Diego from the Colorado River. Yet San Diego will be asked to keep paying the same rates that a judge said were improper.
Agencies served by the San Diego County Water Authority want to rely less on water beyond their control, so they plan to massively increase the amount of water they produce themselves, mostly by recycling wastewater.
A judge said the County Water Authority is entitled to a greater share of Metropolitan’s water supply. If the drought continues, that may come in handy.
You’d think two agencies working toward the same basic mission – to deliver water – would get along. That isn’t the case between Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the San Diego County Water Authority.