“UC San Diego posted a message online that says a shutdown of the federal government could stop the automatic flow of money for research projects that have already been approved, and that it could affect the school’s ability to obtain new awards.
“UC San Diego — the county’s third-largest employer — obtained almost $1 billion for research last year, more than 60-percent which came from the federal government.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a column by Dan Walters:
“Brown is now back in the governorship and trying to implement a revised version of his plan to bypass the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in transhipment of Northern California water southward, this time with twin tunnels.
“However, the outcome is very uncertain, as is the fate of a multibillion-dollar water bond that those in the Capitol are now trying to write.
“While those wrangles remain unsettled, however, another water issue in Southern California, which also simmered for decades, may finally be resolved.”
“A new dispute between the city of San Diego and General Dynamics NASSCO threatens to derail the long-sought cleanup of toxins that have built up in the sediment of San Diego Bay from many years of heavy industry, military operations and urban runoff.
“A $78 million dredging operation to remove 158,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment was supposed to get under way last week by order of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.”
“The city of San Diego will vote next week on whether to pay $6.45 million to help clean up San Diego Bay, while the port announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with NASSCO shipyard to help fund the cleanup. …
“The cleanup operation would remove toxins from industrial operations, shipyards and urban runoff that have built up in sediment over decades.
“Plaintiffs and defendants in the recently decided coordinated Quantification Settlement Agreement lawsuits have filed motions to recoup attorneys’ fees, with one party seeking nearly $53 million.
“The Morgan/Holtz Parties seek $52,762,358.62 from Imperial Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority, Metropolitan Water District, Coachella Valley Water District, state of California, city of Escondido and Vista Irrigation District, defendants in the lawsuits.”
“The Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant is the last, big sewage-processing facility in the country that hasn’t met the federal standard of secondary treatment. Getting up to speed would cost $1.5 billion to $2 billion before interest charges, [San Diego] city officials said.
“The unique wildlife of San Clemente Island has survived the appetites and hooves of feral livestock, bombardments by Navy vessels and wave after wave of amphibious assault vehicles storming local beaches and grassy plateaus. …
“Now, however, thanks to a series of steps by the Navy, native plants and animals are showing signs of remarkable recovery.”
The early start to the fire season, which generally peaks in October and November, is an ominous reminder of the fact that San Diego County, with its semiarid climate and vast expanses of dry chaparral and grasslands, is destined to burn — over and over again….
“Authorities predict a dangerous wildfire season due to the dry winter.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“Southern California’s energy supply is expected to be tight for at least the next few years due to the permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, so alternative energy sources could be at a premium in the region.
“San Diego already is looking ahead at a possible solution.
“The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard an update June 27 on the city’s Water Purification Demonstration Project, which has proved that purified water can be produced and safely added to the San Vicente Reservoir.
“San Diego City Council commissioned the purification project to study the feasibility of turning recycled water into purified water for drinking as concerns rise about the future challenges of the city’s limited water supplies.”
“San Diego County supervisors should be commended for seeking to make it easier for property owners in agricultural zones to brew beer and make cheese. … Agriculture now has a $5.1 billion impact on the local economy, supervisors say, and yet farmers face ‘a growing host of challenges,’ including the rising cost of water.”
“When the San Diego County Water Authority first hatched a dream of slaking this region’s thirst with desalinated water from the Pacific Ocean, Southern California was reeling from a five-year drought that had choked its water supply by a third.”
The backcountry sunshine had warmed Boulder Creek to bathing temperature last week and dried up part of its stream flow, but its shady ponds still harbored some of the last wild trout in the San Diego River.