“The dome of high pressure that’s been steering most storms away from Southern California since late November will linger until at least Jan. 6th, guaranteeing that 2013 will be among the driest years that San Diego has experienced in the past three decades. …
“San Diego County hasn’t received above average rain during a single calendar year since 2010, which has increased the threat of wildfires. “
“Balboa Park’s iconic Cabrillo Bridge will turn 100 in April and Caltrans is giving it a $38 million birthday present.
“Encased in scaffolding, the 769-foot span is being strengthened, repaired and lighted over the next few months. … More importantly, a century of water intrusion has weakened the concrete and corroded some of the steel skeleton.”
“A judge will hear arguments on Tuesday to determine whether the Metropolitan Water District overcharges the San Diego County Water Authority by millions of dollars every year and in doing so subsidizes cheaper rates for users across the rest of Southern California.”
“Local water agencies [San Diego Region] have long relied on imported water to quench the thirst of a growing population, but with skyrocketing water prices and resources becoming scarce, officials are increasingly looking under their feet.
“Last week, Oceanside celebrated the installation of a new pump station at its Mission Basin treatment plant that will boost groundwater production there by roughly 37 percent, from about 4,574 acre feet in the 2012-13 fiscal year to about 6,000 acre feet this year.”
“A San Diego Gas & Electric substation being built in East County is using three times as much water as originally approved in environmental documents, a drain on groundwater supplies that concerns residents.
“The company says the boost to 90 million gallons from the original 30 million could not be avoided, and won’t affect supplies near the site, between Campo and Jacumba.”
“Aiming to help Escondido’s struggling farmers get cheaper water, city officials are moving forward with a $12 million pipeline expansion that will bring treated sewer water to hundreds of citrus and avocado groves.
“The City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the project, which would more than triple the length of the city’s recycled water line — from 3 miles to more than 10 miles.”
“The giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has no plans to ration deliveries even as the state braces for a possible third-straight dry year and the vast Colorado River system remains plagued by plummeting flows into a shrinking Lake Mead.
“One reason for this welcome reprieve can be traced back 10 years ago this month when warring water interests across the West signed a historic seven-state agreement to share the Colorado River.
“In a rare signing message, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday came out forcefully in favor of a San Diego County Water Authority push to turn wastewater into drinking water dubbed by critics as “toilet-to-tap.”
“Carried by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, the measure directs state agencies to start the process of bringing uniformity to water reuse rules.”
“The Santa Ana winds that stoked wildfires over the weekend will give way to an early season Alaskan storm that’s expected to produce showers at the coast, moderate rain inland and possibly a dusting of snow above the 5,500 foot level. …
“San Diego County badly needs rain. Federal forecasters say local drought conditions are in the extreme range.”