Repairs completed on Carlsbad storm d...

Repairs completed on Carlsbad storm drains

There are 4 comments on the The San Diego Union-Tribune story from Jan 9, 2013, titled Repairs completed on Carlsbad storm drains. In it, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that:

Work crews from Palm Engineering, under a $182,000 contract with the city, repaired, relined, replaced or installed drain pipes on Mountain View Avenue at Pacific Avenue; Madison Street between Grand Avenue and Arbuckle Place; Roosevelt Street, between Beech and Grand avenues; and Harrison Street, south of Chinquapin Avenue.

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james marple

San Diego, CA

#1 Jan 9, 2013
Carlsbad's public officials just spent another half-million tax dollars to improve a rainwater drainage system that dumps more than 8 billion gallons of water - double the use of its typical households - to the ocean yearly.

These same officials recently approved buying water from its proposed desalination plant for more than $1,000 per homesite.

Concerned citizens may ask why they must pay for water from private profiteers while much more free water than they need is thrown away. But if they ask their Council they'll hear only the false testimony of Professional Engineers whose job security depends upon fooling public officials into creating a water shortage with rainwater drainage - instead of storage - planning. Todays version of the "Chinatown" scam.

I'd be pleased to critique that testimony if someone can find a print version.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#2 Jan 15, 2013
Has Sherri Howard, Carlsbad Associate Engineer, provided city officials with an estimate of the cost of guiding stormwater to reservoirs instead of dumping it to the ocean? As manager of the city’s storm drain improvement programs she is certainly qualified to present elected officials with a complete evaluation of this planning option that would provide more than enough pure, free water to meet the City's needs.

Of course, capable officials would already know that the rain falling on their city equals twice as much as the national average usage of 100 gallons per day. Perhaps they have already made their own estimates of the cost for saving this precious asset and decided that the $1,000 per home cost of desalinated water will be less in the long run.

And maybe it would be better to just spend $33 million a year, with that cost constantly increasing, than to install the small dirt dams and pipelines that would save half of the city's rainwater in its many small canyons. Why not throw away a billion dollars over the next 30 years as long as we can avoid the bother of managing rainwater sensibly?
james marple

San Diego, CA

#3 Feb 12, 2013
Is it possible that members of this forum are not much concerned about paying more than $5,200 yearly on average for services and facilities they don't need?

It doesn't take a degree in rocket scients to realize that several billion gallons of water flow off our streets to the ocean each year. And we need no degree in civil engineering to recognize that saving just one gallon in four of this would meet all household needs, eliminating the huge expense of importing and desalinating water.

So why do the people we elect continue to authorize extortion of our wealth to support bloated agencies that drive up our taxes and water bills by inventing water importation schemes instead of a rainwater collection system?

Has anyone asked Engineer Sherri Howard why she is focused on disposing of our rainfall instead of guiding it to storage as the CA Water Code instructs?
james marple

San Diego, CA

#4 May 11, 2013
We read that "SANDAG has outlined four alternatives" for the Buena Vista Lagoon "problem". Should we assume that no concerned citizens have identified the obvious alternative to these four?

SANDAG's alternatives:
1. Do nothing.(Allow the lagoon to fill with sediment as global warming causes sea level rise that makes in an estuary again.)
2. Maintain this estuary as a freshwater lagoon filled by the grossly polluted runoff of tens of thousands of homes.
3. Remove barriers to restore the natural saltwater lagoon which would be be useless to both wildlife and humans because of that polluted runoff.
4. Move the natural barrier to make the lagoon half fresh and half saltwater so that its contamination becomes more concentrated as land developers generate windfall profits.

CRWM's alternative 5:
Eliminate the flow of polluted rainwater carrying silt into the Lagoon.

Complete and accurate information on each of these alternatives is available from the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego. Or normally capable folks could find adequate information about the costs and benefits by doing their homework.

Would it be unreasonable to expect that the "New Multifaceted Public Works Director" or the new Associate Civil Engineer would provide residents with a complete and accurate illustration of the costs/benefits of all 5 alternatives?

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