San Diego enacts mandatory water usage regulations

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In response to the increasing drought conditions throughout our region, on Monday, a unanimous vote by the San Diego City Council puts mandatory water usage restrictions into effect as of Saturday, November 1, 2014. This will cause the voluntary rules, in place since this past July, to become mandatory, and therefore enforceable with fines and penalties. The stated goal is to decrease the use of water in the city by 20%.

San Diego water usage lower by 4% in September

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There is continued good news on the water conservation front in San Diego County. We all drank up and washed down less water last month, less by a respectable 4% descrease, than during September last year. In San Diego city, usage fell 4.2% since August 2013. In the longer term San Diego County has cut down water consumption by 20% over the past 7 years.

Commercial fish farm coming off San Diego coast

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Despite having legal control and access to a almost 3 billions acres of ocean, well more than any other nation in the world, the U.S. imports 91% of the seafood consumed here. One reason is that there are no offshore fishing farms in any of that vast expanse of ocean. A solution to this situation is being proposed by Hubbs-SeaWorld. They plan to construct a floating fish farm 4.5 miles out from Mission Beach.

Lindbergh Field recycling coffee into compost

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Some of the biggest purveyors of the coffee bean are airports, and the biggest airport in town, is, of course, Lindbergh Field. The tons and tones of grounds used for all the coffee served were just being dumped as garbage. Now, San Diego International Airport has come up with a very green idea to put those grounds into use in the ground.

Carlsbad de-salination plant will produce 50 million gallons a day

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As the rains come less and less, and the demands on the water we get from other places, such as Northern California increase from those other places, a local solution and source of drinking water is being built and nearing completion. The Carlsbad Desalination Plant, located at 4658-4874 Carlsbad Boulevard in Carlsbad on the grounds of the NRG-owned Encina Power Station, is on track to be completed and operational sooner than expected.

The Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour Coming to San Diego October 11

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There’s a reason The Color Run is called the “happiest 5k on the planet.” You and thousands of others can see for yourself this October as the Kaleidoscope Tour comes to Qualcomm Stadium on October 11.

AARP’s Ideas@50+ celebration of the boomer generation comes to San Diego

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AARP, now a name, previously the acronym for “American Association of Retired Persons”, will be hosting a sold-old exposition with the vaguely webby tag of “Ideas@50+” this Thursday through Saturday (September 4-6) at the San Diego Convention Center at 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego.

Kashi heads back to San Diego

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After leaving La Jolla more than a year ago, health-oriented food company Kashi is returning to America’s Finest City.

Five things you can do for your garden to save water in San Diego County

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As we continue to face drought conditions here in San Diego, and restrictions on watering become more stringent, there are some methods to use to retain your garden, while using less water. Many of us may be using almost twice as much water as we actually need to maintain our gardens. Indeed, most plants and […]

Dealing with wild pig scrounging in San Diego County

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Meeting at their regularly scheduled Wednesday session, the Board of Supervisors of San Diego County passed, with no dissenting votes, the implementation of a program aimed at reducing the number of wild pigs in the county. The vote also gave park directors authorization to allow firearms to be deployed against aggresive, non-indigenous wildlife that have been seen destroying the region’s natural ecology.

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