Public Notices

    2017 Temporary Urgency Change Petition




    Occidental County Sanitation District to Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone Wastewater Transport Project

    Scoping Meeting and Open House scheduled for June 15, 2017 at the Union Hotel

    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 to the time limits mandated by State law, responses must be sent no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017.

    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. The meeting time and location are as follows:

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Back Room, Union Hotel

    3731 Main Street, Occidental, CA

    For more information, or to view the NOP, see the NOP link below, or contact Jeff Church at (707) 547-1949 or 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.

    Notice of Preparation of Initial Study - Occidental-to-Airport Wastewater Transport Project


    Public Comments at Board of Director Meetings:

    2:00 P.M. on days when the Board of Directors meet.

    PUBLIC COMMENT ON MATTERS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA BUT WITHIN THE SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD AND ON BOARD MEMBER REPORTS  (Comments are restricted to matters within the Board’s jurisdiction. The Board will hear public comments at this time for up to twenty minutes.  Each person is usually granted time at the discretion of the Chair.  Any additional public comments will be heard at the conclusion of the meeting. While members of the public are welcome to address the Board, under the Brown Act, Board members may not deliberate or take action on items not on the agenda.)


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