Two bills focused on long-term water conservation, AB 1668 and SB 606, became two-year bills after they were held in the Legislature on Sept. 15, effectively pushing the issue into 2018. The Water Authority supports moving the bills to the next session to allow stakeholders additional time to resolve policy issues and ensure that once enacted, the bill will be implementable by local water agencies.
The Water Authority's construction team booth will be at the La Mesa Farmers Market on Friday, Oct. 13 to share information about planned construction activities for a major water infrastructure project -- the Lake Murray to Sweetwater Reservoir Pipeline 3 Relining Project. Inquiries can be submitted by email to email@example.com or by calling (877) 682-9283 ext. 7005. The project includes relining 4.3 miles of pipeline that extends from Lake Murray in the north to Sweetwater Reservoir in the south, which will lengthen the pipeline's service life by 50 to 75 years. Construction began this month, with completion expected in summer 2018.
The Water Conservation Garden is hosting a panel discussion on Sept. 21 from 5-7 p.m. about the benefits of trees and the challenges to their survival in the region. Event guests may also enjoy a tour of the garden's variety of trees. Refreshments will begin at 5 p.m. and the panel starts at 5:30 p.m. Pre-event registration is recommended. Registration is $10 for non-members and $5 for members.
The California Native Plant Society is kicking off the planting season with a sale on Saturday, Oct. 14 in Balboa Park. A variety of California native plants including grasses, trees, shrubs, succulents and ferns will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Theater Courtyard between the Casa Del Prado Theater and Casa Del Prado.
California native plants are ideal for San Diego landscapes because they are water-efficient, attract native birds, bees and butterflies, and preserve San Diego's natural heritage.
Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton (left) and Imperial County Counsel Katherine Turner discuss the jointly proposed Stipulated Order to address Salton Sea restoration at the State Water Resources Control Board workshop.
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The Imperial-San Diego Currents published an article about the Sept. 7 State Water Resources Control Board workshop in Sacramento to discuss the Salton Sea restoration plan. The Water Authority, Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial Valley County Counsel proposed a Draft Stipulated Order.
"The Water Authority stands with our partners in supporting the Draft Stipulated Order and the Salton Sea Management Program," the article states. "It represents a compromise to address the need to both protect human health and provide habitat at the Salton Sea."
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