North Bay Water Reuse Authority to host public meetings in preparation for proposed recycled water projects

     

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    2017-07-20

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 20, 2017

    Contact:
    Brad Sherwood
    Community & Government Affairs
    707-322-8192
    Brad.Sherwood@scwa.ca.gov

    The North Bay Water Reuse Authority (NBWRA) is proposing Phase 2 of the North Bay Water Reuse Program to continue increasing the beneficial use of recycled water.

    Santa Rosa, CA. — The North Bay Water Reuse Program, in preparation for their proposal of Phase 2 recycled water projects, will host four public information meetings focused on the scope of environmental analysis.

    The projects proposed in the Phase 2 Program would continue to build upon commitments to long-term inter-agency cooperation to address common needs related to reliable water supplies and enhanced environmental restoration.

    These projects would include construction and operation of treatment capacity improvements, distribution facilities, and storage facilities (seasonal and operational) to provide recycled water environmental, agricultural, and municipal reuse in the North San Pablo Bay region, which encompasses approximately 318 square miles in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. Pipeline and pumping facilities would be installed within or along existing roadways. Treatment and storage facilities would be located at or near existing wastewater treatment plants. This recycled water would be used in a manner consistent with the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, pertaining to the use of tertiary-treated recycled water.

    Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will act as Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, will be the federal Lead Agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

    Consistent with Section 15082 of the CEQA Guidelines, a Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been prepared describing the proposed project and identifies issue areas to be examined in the EIR/EIS. Agencies and interested members of the public are invited to provide input on the scope of the environmental analysis. In keeping with Water Agency’s Sustainability Program, the NOP is available to the public at http://www.nbwra.org/project-descriptions/phase-2/public-participation/ . Printed copies of the NOP are available at each of the member agency offices or are available upon request by emailing Phase2EIR@nbwra.org.

    A series of four scoping meetings will be held within the collective NBWRA service area during the NOP review period. Public Scoping Meetings will be held on the following dates:

    August 2, 2017 (Wednesday)
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    San Rafael Community Center Auditorium
    618 B Street, San Rafael

    August 3, 2017 (Thursday)
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    American Canyon City Hall (Council Chambers)
    4381 Broadway, Suite 201, American Canyon

    August 9, 2017 (Wednesday)
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Petaluma Community Center, Meeting Room A-D
    320 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma

    August 10, 2017 (Thursday)
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sonoma Community Center, Room 110
    276 East Napa Street, Sonoma

    For more information, visit www.nbwra.org

    To contact NBWRA email info@nbwra.org or call (707) 235-8965.

     

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