Environmental Group Challenges San Diego County Water Authority’s Master Plan Update
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Aired 1/29/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Jack Shu, is a member of the board of directors of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation
San Diego Water Authority Master 2013 Plan
How will San Diego County manage its water needs through 2035? That's what the updated San Diego County Water Authority master plan outlines.
The water authority says the 2013 Master Plan is a comprehensive evaluation of infrastructure requirements needed to to keeping supplying water to its member agencies.
For months, the document was the subject of public hearings and comments. The water authority said they expected the plan to be adopted in March, but a letter from an environmental group raised questions about whether the plan complies with the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Cleveland National Forest Foundation is committed to stopping urban sprawl in San Diego's backcountry. The group said the master plan's environmental impact report is flawed and called for a revised report.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story implied that the Cleveland National Forest Foundation stopped the progress of the San Diego County Water Authority's Master Plan. The challenge to the plan is part of the CEQA process.