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October 2012       
In This Issue
Seawater Desalination Public Meetings
Dam Raise Update
New Board Officers Elected
Time to Plant!
Free Small Business Workshop
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Standing-Room-Only Crowds at Seawater Desalination Public Meetings

A full house listens to a presentation at the
Oct. 10 meeting in Carlsbad

The public meetings held earlier this month on the proposed seawater desalination water purchase agreement brought out large crowds. Two meetings were held, one at the Water Authority headquarters in Kearny Mesa on Oct. 2 and one at the Faraday Center in Carlsbad on Oct. 10.  


In all, more than 260 attendees heard presentations from Water Authority staff and Poseidon Resources on the water purchase agreement, construction, and financing of the potential plant. Water Authority Board members heard comments from more than 60 speakers.  


The Water Authority would like to thank all of those who attended and provided their comments on desalination and the proposed  agreement. The Water Authority Board has not yet set a date to consider the proposed agreement.  


For more information on the proposed  agreement and project, click here.  


To see the presentations provided at the public meetings, click here.  



San Vicente Dam Raise Tops Out
Reaches Full Height of 337 Feet



San Vicente Dam in Lakeside at its full height of 337 feet.   


The San Diego County Water Authority's San Vicente Dam Raise project has reached another construction milestone -- the dam in Lakeside has topped out at its new full height of 337 feet.  


This vital improvement to the region's water storage and distribution system -- the largest water storage project in San Diego County's history -- is on track for completion in 2013.  The new dam is 117 feet higher than the old one. The project is the tallest dam raise in the United States.  

The $450 million project will add 152,000 acre-feet of water storage capacity to the existing reservoir, enough to serve more than 300,000 homes for a year. Filling the reservoir will take two to five more years.  


To see a time lapse video of dam raise construction, click here.  


For more information on the project, click here.  



Board Officers Elected
for Two-Year Term 
Thomas V. Wornham Chosen as Chair
Outgoing Chair Michael T. Hogan passes
the 'baton' to Chair Thomas V. Wornham
The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors has elected new officers to lead the agency's board for the next two years.


Thomas V. Wornham, retired executive vice president and regional manager of Wells Fargo Bank and a representative for the city of San Diego, will serve as chair.  Richard K. Smith, a retired geotechnical consultant and a representative of the Helix Water District, will serve as vice chair.  Outgoing Board Chair Michael T. Hogan, Santa Fe Irrigation District representative and retired general manager of Encina Wastewater Authority,will serve as secretary.  Their two-year terms began  on October 1.


Click here for more information on the officers.   


Fall is the Best Time to Plant
Local gardens offer classes and water-efficient plant sales


Irrigation Checkup  

The days are becoming cooler and shorter, and the first rainstorm of the fall is behind us.  These changing temperatures mean it's time to adjust irrigation timers.  Unless your irrigation timer automatically adjusts for the weather, you need to re-program your timer or else you may leave your landscape a soggy mess.  It's also important to make sure each sprinkler head is working efficiently. Watchful gardeners will take advantage of rain events by selectively turning off their irrigation controllers - and keeping an eye on their plants to provide an occasional extra drink if we encounter a hot spell.


The cooler temperatures also provide the best weather for planting that kangaroo paw or other water-efficient plant you may have had your eye on. Local gardens, such as the Conservation Garden or San Diego Botanic Garden have several events in the coming months to help you learn more about your landscape and buy plants and groundcover. Be sure to visit the San Diego Botanic Garden for their Cactus and Succulent Sale the last weekend in October or the Conservation Garden's Fall Festival on November 10. The Conservation Garden will also offer fun activities for kids during Halloween week.  


The Water Authority and its member agencies also offer a variety of programs and rebates for residents and businesses to help achieve a WaterSmart lifestyle. Be sure to visit the Conservation section of our website for more info.  


Happy Planting!  



Free Workshop on Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency
for Small Businesses


The San Diego County Water Authority and SDG&EŽ are teaming up on a half-day outreach event for small businesses on Monday, November 19, 2012, from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. , at SDG&E's Energy Innovation Center.  


At this free event, small businesses will discover how energy efficiency and water conservation actions can benefit their business; learn about the advantages of small business programs, including SCOOP - the Water Authority's Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program, and SDG&E's Supplier Diversity program; find out about contract opportunities and how to do business with the Water Authority and SDG&E; and tour the unique Energy Innovation Center, a working showcase that demonstrates smart energy initiatives.  


Space is limited, click here to register today!   


For more information, contact Emily Yanushka at scoop@sdcwa.org or 858.522.6621. 

The San Diego County Water Authority works through its 24 member agencies to provide a safe and reliable water supply to support the region's $186 billion economy and quality of life of 3.1 million residents.