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More Than 600 Expected at 12th Annual Paths to Partnerships Forum

Billions of dollars in public works projects will be infused into the San Diego regional economy over the next decade. Private businesses can learn about these opportunities as well as strategies for successfully bidding on this work during the 12th annual Paths to Partnerships regional forum, planned for Thursday, October 21, at the San Diego Convention Center. More than 600 participants are expected to attend this year’s forum.

All-American Canal Lining Project Named APWA Public Works Project of the Year

The All-American Canal Lining Project (AACLP), a major water conservation project whose benefits include improving San Diego County’s water supply reliability, has won the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2010 Environmental Public Works Project of the Year award for projects greater than $75 million. APWA recognized the project as a model for creating partnerships between local and state water agencies to invest in California water supply development.

Water Authority and City of San Diego Receive International Water Award

The San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department recently jointly received the 2010 Public Water Agency of the Year Award of Distinction from the Global Water Awards. The agencies were selected from an international field of candidates for their leadership in managing scarce water resources in 2009 through the development of innovative projects and programs.

Water Authority Board to Pursue Terms for Water Purchase Agreement with Poseidon Resources

After weighing a number of options designed to ensure the successful construction of the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant, the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today directed the agency’s staff to return to its July 22 meeting with draft terms and conditions for purchasing water directly from the Carlsbad Desalination Project, currently being developed by Poseidon Resources.

Low-Water-Use Plants Discounted at Spring Plant Fairs

As the days get longer, the San Diego County Water Authority and 11 member agencies once again are partnering with several local The Home Depot stores to offer discounts on water-efficient plants ideal for springtime planting. The San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs run from Feb. 20 to May 21 at Home Depot stores from Chula Vista to Oceanside.

More Than $31 Million Awarded to Water Projects in San Diego Region

The San Diego region has been awarded $31.1 million in grant money by the state Department of Water Resources for a variety of projects that will increase local water supplies, decrease water demands, improve water quality, manage stormwater, restore habitat and enhance species.

2013 San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management Plan Submitted to State

Three local lead agencies, working with a wide range of public and private stakeholders, have completed the 2013 San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and submitted it to the Department of Water Resources for certification. State approval will maintain the San Diego region’s eligibility for up to $56 million in state grants during future funding rounds, which are expected to begin late next year.