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Floating In The Dead Sea

Flying to Israel. On American ice leaked out of the air vent holes above my seat.  Had to shlep a lot to get to the Israeli terminal. Then the security interrogation.  I passed. Then dinner: Oye, somebody ordered the stinky fish. You could smell it throughout the whole plane. It took them a half an hour to remove my tray. And there was very little water so I choked a bit. I called the attendant and no one showed up even after ringing the buzzer 3 times.   Watched an independent Israeli movie about “Noise”.  Great idea as he confronts the noisy neighbors all around him.  Beautiful blonde hairdresser lays down next to me.

This 15 hr flight takes forever!   Said my prayers away from the rabbis.

Finally rough landed in Tel Aviv and said goodbye to her since she lives near Galilee and I was headed on a plane to Eilat.  But I didn’t and didn’t realize what it took to get there.  I picked up my bags and asked information for the way to Eilat.  They said that I had to go to another airport and take a taxi there. I did that and got a bad impression that Tel Aviv was run down. The cab ride ended up at this really funky little airport that resembled a bus station.  There was a reason for that because you had to take a bus to the plane.  The airline was called Israir.  It was a nice little plane, seemed organized.  Had saxophone music constantly playing until take off. I wanted to fly before dark but that didn’t seem likely. It was one of those planes where you have to walk  some rickety steps to get on.  After the smoothest take off, we were in the air over the intricate lights of Eilat at night. The were unique, like some kind of  necklace.  A young brunette girl in her 20’s slept next to me the whole time but didn’t pay much attention to me. We landed, smooth as a baby’s tochass and I was told taxis are the way to get around here. So I caught one easily. I told the driver the name of my hotel and he drove me there, but when I entered the building, it looked like they were still working on it and a man told me it was closed! Don’t tell me that I had flown half way around the world to stay at a closed hotel! He immediately corrected himself and said I was to stay at the hotel across the street called the Astral Palma for the night.        Dreamed I had a massive erection a couple of times after masturbating. Due to my rupture or prostate or something else. Forgot what. Felt better that I have in a while. Nice blue lit hotel. Fancy chocolates. In the morning, they told me that I had to check out because I was part of the tour so I had to stay at the hotel that I originally arrived at called  the Astral Village hotel  and now it was ready. Frustrated, I wheeled my bags over there and put them in my new room, which I have to admit, wasn’t as nice.  It looked old and I found out after a while it didn’t have any WiFi. That’s a huge bummer for me.  You had to go to the lobby to connect. The pool I passed on the way to the room was beautiful, but few people swam in it because it was winter.

After a brief rest, I went to the group welcome, which was in the hotel lobby.  I met the leader of our group, Tamar, who was an Israeli ginger woman who hugged me right away. It felt nice. Then were on our own for a while.   Pretty soon it was dinner time and I found out the group had grown from 5 people to 30 people.  I got my food which was a delicious buffet. The chicken and potato kinish were the best items, along with the halavah.  I struggled to find a way to sit down and was welcomed. However, I realized that not many people liked to speak English as most of them were speaking Hebrew. Oh sure, they asked me where I was from and why I was here, in English but beyond that they were all content to speak Hebrew and leave me mostly out of the conversation. I ate my dinner with a wall of Hebrew words between us. When you travel to a foreign country, you must accept this. People here in America say that people speak English all around the world, but mostly to help you. Not to really socialize with you. So they won’t explain what they are laughing about or upset about.  Anyway the food was good, so I said goodbye to them and retired to my room and TV.  I woke up and talked to a few guys who spoke English from Tel Aviv.  He asked me why I was here and I told him my parents lived here now, which they do.  And he asked me if I had children.  I told him I didn’t. And he asked me if I thought that something was missing from my life because I don’t, I told him that I do in some ways, but in other ways I don’t. Because I have less responsibility, peace and quiet and time to do my writing like this. He asked me why I didn’t have any kids and I told him that I didn’t meet my girlfriend till I was older. He said he didn’t believe me and that he thought I was handsome. I thought at that point that he was gay. And started to decide not to get too close, just in case he was hitting on me.  But he was already traveling with another guy so I figured I was not for him.   When I told everyone that I was from San Diego, they all got excited and one woman said she always wanted to go there.  She was not bad looking, but kinda portly.

She complained that she hated it here, and the only thing good about living in Israel was the healthcare.  It was the opposite of the United States in that respect.  Next morning, I woke up and went down to breakfast and saw about the same faces.  I tried to sit next to her and talk to her, but she was talking to her more attractive sister in Hebrew so I really couldn’t get a word in edgewise. Remember overseas, anyone who speaks English or your language immediately becomes your best friend.

I ended up eating some spicy thing by accident that gave me a terribly, painful  hemorrhoid which felt like razor blades up my ass. If you’ve never had one, it is the worst. I purposely left my hemorrhoid cream at home so it wouldn’t explode on the plane and now I was paying the price for it. Ouch!   So, I went to the local store to find a replacement product.  I asked the store clerk for preparation H.  And they  looked at me like I was crazy.  They didn’t know what it was.  So I tried to explain it to the clerk and they said they didn’t have any.  So I went down the aisles to check for myself.  The only thing I could find was some dead sea butt wipes for babies . I took them to the counter and a woman that worked there, told me that she gets hemorrhoids too sometimes and she can’t even walk then.  She said when she had that, she took a garlic clove and inserted it into her rectum overnight and she never had that  problem again.  While she was telling me this story, she lead me to the garlic in the produce aisle.

I told her I didn’t think this was for me and left with the Dead Sea butt wipes instead.  However, I was very curious to see what people said about this online.

I checked WebMD and other sources and it actually is a thing.  Some people have been healed this way. Don’t think I’ll try it though. Unfortunately,salt in the Dead Sea is bad for it too.

One guy online said he had a hemorrhoid and went in the water and it burned his butt for 4 days. No Thanks! I’m passing that up.

The next day we all walked to the yacht we were scheduled to sail on in Eilat.  Here are some pictures of it. My camera died so I can’t show it to you, but many people were dancing on the boat. Here’s the non-dancing photos.

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Look How Blue the Red Sea Is!

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Some people on the boat decided to float.

The boat offered a waterslide into the deep blue, if you  dare.

Coming back up to slide in again!

Our Yacht Captain

Our Tour Guide Borrowed a Baby From One of the Water Sliders.

When we pulled back into the harbor, here’s a great fish sculpture I saw there.

(To Be Continued)

On the way back to our hotel, I walked around Eilat’s carnival amusements on the water to the Queen of Sheba hotel.

Here’s a great window view of the hotel.

Here’s the hotel’s incredibly beautiful dome ceiling.

After a great TV nap, where I learned that Trump was unamericanly banning Muslims, I woke up and decided to go out to a nightclub but it wasn’t open when I got there.  Nightclubs only open at 11:30 pm and not before. I went to an open restaurant next door and when I told them I was from San Diego, they said the beer I ordered was on the house.

The next day, I decided to go to the undersea park called ” Coral World.”

Here’s an octopus from there.

(To Be Continued)

I chased this fish all over the aquarium to get this shot.

Here’s a happy couple.

The kelp forest.

Clownfish swimming in the sunlight.

The view from the wharf.

I climbed the 90 stairs all the way from the bottom of the Red Sea which contains another aquarium,  ate at the restaurant, which has a perfect ocean view through the windows, all the way to the top of tower with a 360 view. Beautiful!

Sharks & other creatures in the tower aquarium.

From there, I decided to save money and take a bus back to the hotel which was about 1/4 price of a taxi. The bus arrives quickly. Israeli buses, called Egged buses, are somewhat luxurious. Seats are comfortable and you can plug-in your phone into the ceiling to charge it. Free Wi-Fi is also available. I got back to the hotel pretty fast and was encouraged to take the bus again by the leader of our group, instead of an expensive guided tour.

The next day, most of my fellow travelers were scheduled to leave the hotel for other parts of Israel and so was I felt some fear while waiting for a bus with all of my luggage to take me to the Dead Sea, but again it arrived quickly. It even has a baggage compartment underneath.  I got on the bus and was nervous about not finding a hotel room right away.The tour was over and I was on the open road, experiencing the unexpected, just as I planned for this part of the journey. I found a hotel online, which was actually a little cottage. There are fancy Vegas style hotels on the Dead Sea, but they were pretty expensive.  So I booked one of these Zimmer Dora cottages in Neve Zohar, which is down the hill from Ein Bokek, the fancy shmancy resort area.

Here’s the Ein Bokek Dead Sea Beach area where you must pay a few shekels just to lay down on the lounge chairs. & you can’t even enter the Leonardo Club hotel without a reservation.Here’s some of the fancy resorts there.

Here’s the Dead Sea near Neve Zohar, close to where I stayed.It’s a little industrial for a vacation.

This is a mineral separation plant along the way to the Dead Sea.

Here I am before I put Dead Sea mud on me.

Here I am with a few friends after. (Just Kidding!)

Here’s some more pictures on the road to the Dead Sea.

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There are lots of beautiful Farrell cats all around Israel and in other countries in the middle east.  I have seen two movies about how these unwanted cats are only cared for by a few people and most of them go hungry or get sick.  Some even die. They need to be appreciated because  they have gotten rid of the mice, but they also need to be spayed & neutered.

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the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Here’s an Orthodox Temple in the Old City.

Statue of King David

King David’s Tomb

Selfie in Jerusalem.

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Southern Fried Judaism

Yarmulke Anyone?

Here’s the gateway to the women’s section of the Western Wall.

Roman Columns In The Old City

Old City Cobblestone Streets

Jewish People Praying @ The Western Wall

A Bridge Leading To The Western Wall

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A Cave Restaurant @The Western Wall in Jerusalem

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The Old City of Jerusalem

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It’s not always about you honey!

I wanted to show a view of the beautiful forest from the bus I was on.  This woman hid her face because she thought I was taking her picture

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Here’s another view of the forest between Jerusalem, on the way to Beit Shemmesh, my parents town.  Too bad the bus didn’t make a rest stop there.

A funny thing happened when I got to Beit Shemmesh. My parents said they would pick me up from the bus stop, but when I arrived, they weren’t there.  Even though I bought the international phone service, I found out you couldn’t call anywhere in Israel with it.

So we had to resort to emailing each other back and forth. I emailed them but was tired from traveling when a taxi drove by and I decided to take it. The cab driver knew exactly where my parents lived and it felt like a miracle when I arrived  and saw my parents names on the door.  I was finally here! I knocked and rang the doorbell but no one was home.  I felt frustrated from dragging my bags all across the country, when an orthodox Jewish guy appeared and I asked him if he knew my parents. It turned out he was the landlord who lived upstairs. He was neighborly enough to invite me up to his apartment and served me a snack and a glass of water. He spoke perfect English and told me he moved here from Florida.  Suddenly, he realized that he had the key to my parents apartment so we went downstairs and he let me in. Once inside, I called my sister to let her know I was here. My parents don’t have cellphones. So she couldn’t call them. They were kind of shocked to know I was already there, but their place was kinda messy because a shipment of their stuff they expected just arrived a day before I did. And the

apartment didn’t come with closets. I offered to help them clean up, but they refused.

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Oh well, at least we were all together again and had a nice Shabbos with my sister’s grandchildren. My Mom  and Dad in their 80’s just miraculously move here a few months ago after I sold their condo in Oceanside for them.

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Here’s my cute grand-niece and grand-nephew on Shabbos In Beit Shmmesh.

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Here’s a sculpture of an upside down monkey on the beach in Tel Aviv around the corner from my hotel.

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Here’s a school that teaches tolerance between Jews and Palestinians that was featured on my free tour of Tel Aviv.

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Armando’s Restaurant across the street on the beach, in Tel Aviv.

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Armando’s has delicious food! Here’s the rest of my chicken kabob after I ate all the chicken out of it. Reasonable prices too! Look at all the sauces it comes with.

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Beautiful Tel Aviv winter beach scene.

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Winter beach solitude.

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Tel Aviv beach sunset from Armando’s.

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Tel Aviv street scene

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A Tel Aviv cistern.

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Tel Aviv beach and city

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Tel Aviv beach head on my free tour

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Beach Minaret

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Nice!

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My free Tel Aviv English tour guide. You can tip her if you liked the tour.

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Famous Tel Aviv graffiti

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A beautiful Yemeni costume from a poster in the Tel Aviv art section

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Ethereal Tel Aviv abstract art.

After this tour, I went back to the Hotel Le Mer, where I was staying near the coast. It was my last day in Israel at this drafty, overpriced place and construction went on all day, preparing for the summer tourist season. I overpaid by one day and they refused a refund.  I wouldn’t use Booking.com again because they referred me here. But I did get a free breakfast and tour from my stay.  I packed and realized that my airline ticket wouldn’t be valid unless I flew back to Eilat then came back to Tel Aviv to fly to LA and home to San Diego. Otherwise it will cost hundreds more. So I found a great cheap flight on Kiwi.com and took a bus to the airport. The line was so long. It took two hours. I went through security one day  before Trump tried to enact his 1st travel ban. The line took two hours and included a standard Israeli travel interview about what I had for dinner last night. Not to mention taking off my shoes and inspecting my passport. I flew to Eilat  on a small airline call Isra Air. And back again. A waste of time but it saved money. Then back in line for more of the same. When I finally got to the end of the line to board my El Al plane for LA, the ticket taker walked away so I boarded the plane anyway so I wouldn’t hold up the line.  I was relaxing on the plane, ready for take off when a flight attendant approached me and asked me for my passport.  I was exhausted from the long line and the unnecessary flight back to Eilat and all the inspections and just wanted to leave so I showed her the passport and blurted out “I can’t wait to get out of this country.”  I feel guilty for that now and hope the government will still let me come back when I visit my family.  The flight on the way back was okay but there was a baby who cried all the way  back to the US.  When I got back to San Diego my suitcase was missing and  I had to wait a day till it arrived at my apartment.  My sister, who was also there for the family reunion, had her flight delayed 3 days and she is a religious jew. She said it was because of a pilot strike but interestingly it happened the same day as Trump’s 1st travel ban. I am now home San Diego and working as a political fundraiser for Democrats against his regime.

 

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Jetpack @ Point Loma

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Sunset At Shelter Island, San Diego,CA

 

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Here’s A Smiling Pelican At The Wharf

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He’s a Big Boy!

Why Our River Is A Mess

 

 

 

Living on the San Diego River can be amazing.  For a while, it seemed to change every day.  It could be dark green and deep, beautiful with a flowing current.  Living here gives you a sense of being on a camping vacation every day, just by looking at it. Yet we are still in central San Diego.

Since it is a nature preserve, many wild creatures come and go,making the river their home.  Some permanent, some temporary.I remember when the river had a murder of crows that nested in a tree, just off our balcony.  They would wake us up every morning and greet the sunset near our place every night. They sure did pester us, but it was a lively sign of nature. Then there was the time that a whole family of turtles appeared on the riverbank.  There was this huge floating leaf that they nested on the opposite side of the river, and before we knew it, we could see a bunch of baby turtles through our binoculars.  With the next rain though, they were gone. Apparently, there are fish in the river too, and even a few hardy souls who kayak there that want to get away from their wife and kids for a few hours for some catch and release fishing, floated their torsos in the boat and their feet in the water when the level was higher.

The problem lately, is that not enough rain and too much algae make the river look ugly now.   After researching the causes for this, by contacting the San Diego River Park Foundation,River Watch Coordinator, Shannon Quigley Raymond, I found out that basically this is due to a lack of rain.  Rainfall has been very low this autumn and the river foundation has decided to not introduce any chemicals to reduce algae and just let nature take its course.  Nutrient level aren’t particularly high and there are no increased phosphate or nitrate levels either.  However, there are high levels of conductivity which the River Watch is concerned about. It doesn’t look pretty, and if the housing market wasn’t so tight, it might affect property values.

Supposedly, the River Park Foundation hasn’t concluded that this is due to climate change or an inordinate amount of pollution from any unusual source as the water quality chart below indicates. The algae also increases the amount of mosquitoes that affect local residents.  We had to install a screen door to keep from being bitten. Mosquito Abatement flies helicopters with insecticide that Raymond of the River Watch claims are not harmful to humans.  After contacting, the county water department, http://www.sandiego.gov/water, the San Diego Environmental Health Department,http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/deh/about/contact.html and Andrew Hughan of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/contact.html, Raymond of the River Watch was the most helpful and knowledgeable.

If anyone is concerned about the algae and the river’s water quality, and wants to volunteer, the San Diego River Foundation River Watch is having a river monitoring meeting, Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8AM at 4891 Pacific Highway #114, San Diego, 92110.

River Chart 2

 

Monthly WQM Report

Lower San Diego River – October 2013

SDRPF RiverWatch

October WQM Report, Page 1

Lower San Diego River Water Quality Index Oct. 2005 to Present

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SDR WQM Data Summary

Table 1 presents a summary of water quality data monitored by the SDRPF RiverWatch Team

within the Lower San Diego River watershed over the past two months. October, the first month of

fall, is also the first month of Water Year 2014. This month’s water quality index values are

greater than last month, but below a year ago and the 9-year average of the month. This summer

(June-Sept) represented the lowest seasonal water quality readings monitored since the

RiverWatch program began in 2004. This month represents the start toward a return to normal

water quality conditions for this season of the year.

Table 1 – Oct/Sept 2013 WQM Data Summery

West – MV Mid – MG East – SB LSDR Percent Variance from

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Temp, oC 18.5/21.3 14.6/20.5 16.6/21.1 16.9/21.0 -19% -12% -9%

Sp.Cond., mS/cm 3.10/3.43 2.29/3.60 2.32/2.57 2.70/3.26 -17% -8% -5%

DO, mg/L 4.06/3.59 6.89/4.76 2.88/3.01 4.42/3.69

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DO, % of Sat. 44/41 67/53 29/34 45/42

pH 7.34/7.74 7.94/7.73 8.40/8.02 7.8/7.75 -1% -2% 2%

ADF, cfs 1.2/0.7 1.9/0.4 2.6/0.2 1.5/0.4 300% 2% -74%

WQ Index 21/14 33/8 14/9 21/11

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Grade E/E D/F E/F+ E/E-

Aug ‘13 WQI Poor Marginal Poor Poor Up 10 from last month

Overall LSDR water temperatures dropped about 3 degrees from last month, 2 degrees below

last October and 1 degree below the 9-Yr average. Specific conductivity values are slightly lower

than last month (down 17%), last Oct. (down 8%) and the 9-yr average (down 5%). Dissolved

oxygen levels improved from last month by 20% to comparable to last Oct. and the 9-yr averages.

Streamflows are also up significantly from last month but still below last Oct. and the 9-yr.

monthly average. The overall LSDR water quality index (WQI) of 21 (E) is 10 points (94%) above

last month’s value of 11(E-), the same as last Oct. but below the 9-yr October average. Conclusion:

San Diego River water quality index climbed 10 points, from 11(E-) to 21(E)

remaining in the Poor range, over the past 30 days.

SDRPF RiverWatch

October WQM Report, Page 2

Overall October water quality values are slightly below normal for this time of the year at most

monitoring sites. Lowest values were monitored in the Upper Santee Basin reach while the

MissionValley section showed highest.

Table 2 – WQI Values, Average Daily Flow and Monthly Rainfall (Oct’11 – Oct’13)

Mission Vly Missn Gorge Santee Bsn LSDR ADF, cfs RF, in

Oct 24(E+) 53(B) 23(E) 29(D) 4.4 0.46

Nov 52(B-) 77(A-) 37(C-) 51(B-) WW 24 3.12

Dec 45(C) 57(B) 29(D) 41(C) WW 19 0.86

Jan’12 53(B-) 57(B) 30(D) 45(C) 15 0.40

Feb 54(B) 64(B) 33(D) 47(C) WW 31 1.19

March 48(C+) 60(B) 29(D) 43(C) WW 99 0.97

April 44(C) 59(B) 28(D) 41(C) WW 18 0.88

May 23(E+) 51(B-) 22(E) 28(D) 5.0 0.02

June 21(E) 44(C) 19(E) 25(D-) DW 2.7 0.00

July 19(E) 36(C-) 16(E) 21(E) DW 1.5 0.00

Aug 22(E) 17(E) 16(E) 18(E) DW 1.4 0.00

Sept 20(E) 6(F) 11(E) 13(E) DW 1.2 0.00

Oct 21(E) 33(D+) 15(E) 21(E) 2.0 0.70

Nov 33(D+) 62(B) 22(E) 34(D+) 2.3 0.28

Dec 42(C) 59(B) 35(C-) 43(C) WW 22 2.18

Jan’13 68(B) 69(B) 37(C-) 56(B) WW 17 1.21

Feb 60(B) 63(B) 33(D+) 50(B-) WW 23 0.63

March 56(B) 80(A) 38(C-) 53(B-) WW 28 1.22

April 47(C) 60(B) 27(D) 41(C) DW 7.1 0.02

May 25(D-) 42(C) 17(E) 25(D-) 5.7 0.26

June 19(E) 26(D-) 14(E) 19(E) DW 1.8 0.00

July 6(F) 9(F+) 7(F) 7(F) DW 1.7 0.05

Aug 18(E) 19(E) 10(E) 15(E) DW 0.9 0.00

Sept 14(E) 8(F) 9(F+) 11(E-) DW 0.5 0.00

Oct ’13 21(E) 33(D) 14(E) 21(E) 1.9 0.06

WQI expected to increase over the next month at most monitoring sites.

SDRPF RiverWatch

October WQM Report, Page 3

A summary of WQI values occurring over the past two years for the three sections of the lower

river are listed in Table 2 along with average daily streamflow and total monthly rainfall. The

MG section of the river exhibited best overall quality.

The chart on the cover page of this report shows overall monthly WQI values for the Lower San

Diego River determined over the past 109 months of continuous WQ monitoring. Dry season

(July-Oct) values for 2013 are represented by colored-shaded bars. The LSDR running average

values are shown as a heavy red line. Monthly values for the consistently highest WQI reach

(Mission Gorge) are shown as a blue line while the consistently lowest WQI reach (Upper Santee

Basin) are shown as a dashed black line. The broad range in monthly values as well as cyclic

patterns and trends over the past 9 years are evident.

WQI values extending from Sept. 2005 through Oct. 2013 are presented in Chart 1 below together

with trend lines (12-month running averages) for each reach of the river and overall (LSDR). The

12-mo. running averages, increasing throughout WY10 and WY11 with exception of the Upper

Santee Basin, have been in general decline during WY12 and WY13. The current running average

WQI for the LSDR of 31.0 is over 13% below the 9-year norm of 35.8 representing the lowest

running average value since the monitoring effort began in 2004.

SDRPF RiverWatch

October WQM Report, Page 4

Chart 1 – LSDR WQI Trendlines by Reach (Sept ’05 thru Oct ’13)

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WQI values (monthly and 12-mo running averages) for Mast Park (Site 13) are plotted in Chart 2

below. Water quality at this site, in decline from early 2009, showed some improvement this past

winter following last year’s water primrose removal effort. DO levels have however remained well

below minimums for healthy aquatic life since May of this year. With exception of four months last

winter (Dec-March), the water quality index at this site has been below 10 (F- Very Poor) since

January of 2012.

Spatial WQI results for October 2013 are shown in Chart 3 on the last page of this report. WQI

values (color bars w/index values in black) for this month are higher than last month (dashed red

line w/values in pink) at all but sites 4 and 9T. Current values are lower than those recorded last

October (dashed blue line) at most sites however several are above the 9-yr monthly average

(black line w/values in bold orange). The water quality index is expected to continue improving

over the next month as streamflow and oxygen levels increase while water temperature and

SDRPF RiverWatch

October WQM Report, Page 5

Chart 2 – Mast Park (Site13) Monthly & Running Average WQI

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conductivity values decline. The dry season that began early this year presents a precipitation todate

annual deficit of a 3.4-inches over a 30-yr period of record. The Lower San Diego River

system experienced its poorest running average water quality in nine years of RiverWatch

monitoring. Ten sites are in the Poor (E) water quality range, while two more remain in the Very

Poor (F) range. Only two sites (3 & 10) were found in the Fair (35-50) range. Conditions are

expected to improve somewhat next month as flows increase and waters continue to reoxygenate.

(jck 10/26/13)

SDRPF RiverWatch

October WQM Report, Page 6

Chart 3 – LSDR Spatial WQI Profile for Oct. 2013

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Lower Mission Valley (LMV) Upper Mission Valley (UMV) Mission Gorge (MG) Lower Santee Basin (LSB) Upper Santee Basin

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