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Only 9 More Years to Dump Crap in the Delta!!

Almost 4 years later they are finally going to do it, but they have until 2023 to get it done.

Sep 26, 2014

For too long Sacramento and other cities around the Delta have been dumping their sewage into Sacramento River which flows into the Delta or into the Delta itself. The State Water Resources Control Board ordered Sacramento to clean up its sewage in a hearing in December of 2010. Almost 4 years later they are finally going to do it, but they have until 2023 to get it done.

The Sacramento Bee reported after the ruling that "Sacramento's sewage puts 14 tons of ammonia into the Delta every day, 99 percent of the total, according to the board's research. It's enough to cause toxic effects on test organisms all the way downstream to Rio Vista, about 30 miles away."

I guess we will have the pleasure of 9 more years of this. In the meantime they will continue to say they need our water for the health of the Delta. We hope we'll still be here in 2023.


Somach Simmons & Dunn
Environmental Law and Policy Alerts


Regional San Approves Sacramento Region’s Largest Public Infrastructure Project

by Kelley M. Taber
ktaber@somachlaw.com

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) today approved the region’s largest public infrastructure project, a nearly $2 billion upgrade to the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant that will improve water quality in the Sacramento River and Delta, and expand opportunities for recycled water use. Regional San’s approval of the EchoWater Project marks the end of more than a decade of conflict and negotiation between south of Delta water agencies, state agencies and Regional San over the water quality effects of the regional plant’s discharge to the Sacramento River. Designed to comply with strict new water quality permit requirements, the EchoWater project will add new tertiary treatment processes that will more effectively remove ammonia, nitrates and pathogens from the plant discharge.

Regional San serves more than 1.4 million people, treating the entire Sacramento region’s wastewater at the regional plant near Elk Grove. The cleaned water is then discharged into the Sacramento River. The existing plant was built in the late 1970s and became fully operational in 1982. Regional San currently treats wastewater to a “secondary” level before discharging to the Sacramento River. The path to EchoWater project approval required navigating a complex and evolving series of legal, scientific and policy challenges. To meet the new permit regulations, Regional San will upgrade the plant to include a number of treatment actions:
  • Removal of ammonia and nitrates
  • Filtration to remove very small particles and pathogens
  • Higher level of disinfection to inactivate even more pathogens
Construction of the EchoWater project is anticipated to commence in early 2015, with full commissioning by 2023.

Somach Simmons & Dunn attorneys represent Regional San in the permitting and environmental review of the EchoWater Project. For more information about the EchoWater project permitting and approval process, contact Kelley Taber at 916-446-7979 or ktaber@somachlaw.com.

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