Occidental County Sanitation District
Initial Study and Draft Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact for Occidental-to-Airport Transportation Project Now Available for Review
Comments closed on October 30, 2017.
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency), which operates the Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) Wastewater Treatment Facility, is proposing a project that would transport untreated wastewater from the OCSD to the Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone (ALWSZ) for treatment, storage, and reuse to avoid future discharges into Dutch Bill Creek and potential violations of the District’s operating permit.
The Proposed Project would allow the Occidental County Sanitation District (District) to comply with conditions set forth by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board in Order No. R1-2012-0101 (Order). This order requires the OCSD to cease discharging secondary treated recycled water to Dutch Bill Creek by January 31, 2018. The Proposed Project would include transporting untreated wastewater to the Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone (Airport) wastewater treatment facility for treatment, storage, and disposal. The ALWSZ wastewater treatment facility currently treats wastewater to secondary and tertiary standards and utilizes irrigation of agricultural lands for disposal of secondary and tertiary-treated recycled water.
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency), on behalf of the Occidental County Sanitation District (District), is the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the proposed Occidental County Sanitation District to Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone Wastewater Transport Project (Proposed Project). The Water Agency has prepared a Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for the project in accordance with CEQA. An electronic copy of the Draft IS/ND is available at www.sonomacountywater.org. (See links below) Hard copies of the Draft IS/ND are available for purchase by request at 707-547-1900 or at the Water Agency’s administrative office (404 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa). Hard copies are also available for public viewing at the following locations:
- Sonoma County Water Agency: 404 Aviation Blvd Santa Rosa, CA 95403
- Occidental Library: 73 Main Street, Occidental, CA 95465
- Forestville Library: 7050 Covey Road, Forestville CA. 95436
A Notice of Availability (NOA), and an Initial Study and Draft Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact (IS/ND) have been prepared for the project and can be viewed clicking on the links below:
Input, questions, or comments on this project can be sent to:
Jeff Church, Senior Environmental Specialist Sonoma County Water Agency
404 Aviation Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-9019
The public review period closed October 30, 2017.
New Wastewater Transport Plan Proposed
Occidental County Sanitation District to Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone Wastewater Transport Project
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency), which operates the Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) Wastewater Treatment Facility, is proposing a project that would transport untreated wastewater from the OCSD to the Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone (ALWSZ) for treatment, storage, and reuse to avoid future discharges into Dutch Bill Creek and potential violations of the District’s operating permit
The District currently discharges secondary treated wastewater into a pond located at the headwaters of Dutch Bill Creek during the summer and to Dutch Bill Creek during the winter. The Project would bring the District into compliance with the law by ending wastewater treatment at the existing WWTF. Instead, the wastewater would be transported from the District’s lift station to the Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone (ALWSZ) wastewater treatment facility for tertiary level treatment and reuse for irrigation.
What are the next steps? The Sonoma County Water Agency has published for review a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to develop an Initial Study in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. A 30-day public comment period will be held. Comments will be submitted to Jeff Church, 404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or to Jeff.Church@scwa.ca.gov.
The Water Agency will prepare the Initial Study on behalf of the District in accordance with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State CEQA Guidelines, and the Water Agency’s Procedures for the Implementation of CEQA. An Initial Study is a preliminary analysis of a project’s potential environmental impacts used to determine whether a Negative Declaration or an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared.
A public scoping meeting and open house will be held to provide the public and regulatory agencies an opportunity to ask questions and submit comments on the scope of the Initial Study. Water Agency staff will be available to answer questions and provide information about the project in order to allow interested parties to participate at any time during the Open House.
For more information, or to view the NOP, see the NOP link below, or contact Jeff Church at (707) 547-1949 or email@example.com. The NOP will also be available for review at the Sonoma County libraries in Occidental, Sebastopol, Guerneville, Santa Rosa (Northwest Branch), and Windsor. Comment forms will be available for attendees to submit written comments at the Open House or comments can be submitted to Occidental County Sanitation District: c/o Sonoma County Water Agency, Attn: Jeff Church, 404 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
Comments on the NOP closed 2017.
Past Project Proposals (These proposals are no longer being considered)
Occidental County Sanitation District Sewer Wastewater Compliance Transport Project
The Occidental County Sanitation District Sewer Wastewater Compliance Transport Project proposed Occidental’s wastewater be transported, treated and discharged at treatment plants near Guerneville and Airport Business Park by making minor modifications to the District's wastewater treatment facility on Lu Dan Road, lift station on Bohemian Highway, and the Russian River County Sanitation District's main lift station and an adjacent parcel of land.
The Project was needed to bring the District into compliance with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board's law to protect the habitat for endangered coho salmon that live in the watershed where recycled water is discharged.
A Draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND), in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, was released on December 21. A public hearing was held on February 16, at 6 p.m. at the Monte Rio Community Center. Comments made at the Public Hearing were recorded.
Occidental Wastewater Treatment Facility Recycled Water Project
The Occidental County Sanitation District conducted a study for the Occidental Wastewater Treatment Facility Recycled Water Project to upgrade the treatment plant and change how the recycled water is managed. The Initial Study is a preliminary analysis of the project’s potential environmental impacts, and is used to determine whether a Negative Declaration or an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared. The Project proposes beneficially re-using recycled water for agricultural irrigation on farms near the District. California has among the strictest laws on recycled water in the United States. Disinfected tertiary treated recycled water can be used for everything except drinking. Learn more about recycled water. To learn more about the District and the proposed project, please see the following documents:
- Notice of Preparation of an Initial Study for the OCSD Recycled Water Project
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Project
- Project Timeline and Information
- District expenses, by major category, for last three fiscal years
- Press Release 12/23/14: "Scoping Meeting for Occidental County Sanitation District Recycled Water Solutions"
- Agenda for January 8th public meeting for OCSD Recycled Water Solutions.
- Alternatives Analysis
Occidental Storage Pond and Recycled Water Project
Please note that the Occidental Storage Pond and Recycled Water Project is no longer being considered for construction. This project web page is being provided for background informational purposes only.
The Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) regularly holds community meetings to inform, educate and seek input from ratepayers and surrounding residents on possible solutions for treating, storing, and disposing of wastewater generated in Occidental. The District currently discharges recycled water into a pond located at the headwaters of Dutch Bill Creek during the summer and to Dutch Bill Creek during the winter. The District is required by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to stop releasing recycled water into the pond. The District is currently examining feasible projects that meet the unique requirements of Occidental.
Materials from the February 16, 2017 Meeting:
A public hearing was held February 16, at the Monte Rio Community Center.
Materials from January 7, 2016 Meeting:
A public meeting was held on Thursday, January 7, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Union Hotel. The purpose of the meeting is to review a recently completed alternative’s analysis of treatment options.
Materials from January 8, 2015 Meeting:
Materials from September 30, 2014 Meeting:
Materials from March 13, 2014 Meeting:
Materials from October 24, 2013 Meeting:
About the District
- Began Operation: 1950
- Service area: 55 acres
- Service recipients: 264 Equivalent Single-Family Dwelling
- Treatment level: Secondary
- Design capacity: 50,000 gallons per day (average daily dry weather flow)
- Discharge: Between May 15 and September 30 the recycled water is irrigated on private property. Between October 1 and May 14 recycled water is discharged into Dutch Bill Creek.
- Board of Directors: The Water Agency's Board of Directors act as the District's Board.
- Private Building Lateral Replacement Program
- Private building laterals are the pipes that lead from homes or businesses to the sewer main. Eligible ratepayers in the district can have their private building lateral pipes replaced for free.
- Sanitation District High-Efficiency Direct Install Program
- A limited number of high-efficiency fixture retrofits are available at no cost through participating water and sanitation service providers.
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