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An nationwide effort to encourage the public's participation in water and energy conservation began Wednesday in San Diego, offering locals a chance to win sustainability-focused prizes in exchange for their pledges to slash water and energy use.


It was two years after Bill Howe started his plumbing business in 1980 that Tina Howe arrived from Yorkshire, England, and moved into 974 Thomas Ave., Unit 5, in Pacific Beach. Bill’s office was in Unit 9, downstairs.


Nearly one year after a San Francisco County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the San Diego County Water Authority in a lawsuit alleging the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California had violated laws when setting rates applied to the Water Authority for 2011-2014, the second phase of the water rates lawsuit is set to start March 30 to determine damages due to the Water Authority.


The San Diego County Water Authority says the extended and tightened water-use regulations approved Monday by the State Water Resources Control Board aren’t expected to affect local restrictions that already meet state standards.


Scheduling your appliance-related chores for off-peak hours can help ease strain on the local power grid, and could even save you money in lower electric rates down the line. An app developed by San Diego State University computer engineering professor Yusuf Ozturk makes it easy to know the best time to plug in.


In the midst of a drought bringing what the State Water Resources Control Board says is a historically low snowpack for this time of year, the state agency on Tuesday adopted an expanded emergency regulation to conserve more of the state’s remaining water supplies.


The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday will consider amending and extending drought-related regulations that took effect last summer.


More than 600 people from the state and around the country convened at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley for the California Small Farm Conference, which connected farmers, ranchers and farmers market managers, as they addressed issues including the ongoing drought, the Farm Bill, specialty crops, changing laws and marketing.


The San Diego Association of Governments and the North County Transit District are moving forward on a $31 million project to replace four bridges that cross Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.

When Dan Malcolm, chairman of the Port of San Diego’s board of commissioners, opened a hearing on whether to build a gigantic Ferris wheel along the waterfront, he told his fellow commissioners that they were about to have “a little bit of fun.”

The Port of San Diego sent out a request last summer for qualifications on its plan with the city of Chula Vista to build a hotel and convention center along Chula Vista's bay front, a major component of the city's Bayfront Master Plan. A "whopping" response was received, "but it turned out to be a good one," Chula Vista City Manager Gary Halbert said recently.

San Diego County's reputation as one of the nation's top beer-making centers should be burnished in the next couple of months, as the region opens its 100th brewpub, with dozens more potentially in the pipeline.

San Diego County businesses have special opportunities to help the region conserve water through the adoption of water-efficient practices indoors and outdoors during what is shaping up to be a fourth consecutive dry year. Those upgrades can boost the bottom line and demonstrate the business’ dedication to the efficient use of natural resources.


A new public-private partnership has been formed to give greater incentives for residents, businesses and public agencies in the county to save water by ditching natural grass in favor of artificial turf.


December's rains enabled Californians to finally meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20-percent reduction in monthly water consumption, but more restrictions loom as the state adapts to long-term drought conditions.


The city of San Diego's Water Purification Demonstration Project earned praise last week during the 2015 Winter Conference held last week in Palm Springs by the California Association of Sanitation Agencies.


The San Diego Taxpayers Association, a long-time critic of government spending, has set its sights on a new target: the $6.7 million project to add greenery to state Route 163's passage through Balboa Park.


Susan Long, president and chief executive of Diving Unlimited International Inc., knows there could be advantages to taking the drysuit manufacturing company out of San Diego. The local business climate can be tough, and overseas production is often a cheaper way to go.


Funds are close to running dry in the San Diego County Water Authority’s $2.1 million turf replacement incentive program, leading the water agency to halt accepting applications in anticipation of pending rebate requests exhausting the program.


After the recent bout of rainfall, California now has 45 percent more precipitation than it normally accumulates by this point in the rainy season and San Diego has received more than twice its average amount, signaling that the state’s long-running drought may be nearing an end, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Water Resources.

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