Santa Rosa, CA – October 2, 2017 – The
Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA), which operates the Occidental County Sanitation
District’s (OCSD) Wastewater Treatment Facility, has released an environmental
analysis of a proposed project to transport the OCSD’s wastewater to the
Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone wastewater treatment plant. The 30-day
public comment period opened on September 29, 2017.
proposed project would make minor modifications to existing facilities, and
would allow wastewater to be transported from the OCSD facility to the
Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup Sanitation Zone Wastewater Treatment Facility. The
Initial Study and Negative Declaration (IS/ND) was prepared in compliance with
the California Environmental Quality Act.
the OCSD discharges treated wastewater into a pond located at the headwaters of
Dutch Bill Creek during the summer and to Dutch Bill Creek during the winter.
Dutch Bill Creek provides habitat for endangered coho salmon. An order by the
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board requires the OCSD to stop
discharging treated wastewater into the pond by 2018.
release of the environmental review is an important step in helping to protect
Dutch Bill Creek and protect our water quality,” said Water Agency Director
Lynda Hopkins. “We appreciate the community’s ongoing support and interest, and
we hope that interested stakeholders will continue to participate in the public
process by reviewing the environmental documents.”
IS/ND was prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act,
and found that the project has minimal environmental impacts. Copies of the
IS/ND can be found online at www.sonomacountywater.org/OCSD/ or at the
- Sonoma County Water Agency: 404 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
- Occidental Library: 73 Main Street, Occidental, CA 95465
- Forestville Library: 7050 Covey Road, Forestville CA. 95436
public comment period on the IS/ND ends at 5 p.m., October 30, 2017.
Comments should be submitted to: Sonoma
County Water Agency, ATTN: Jeff Church, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA
95403 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, or to view the IS/ND,
visit http://www.scwa.ca.gov/OCSD/ or contact Jeff Church
at (707) 547-1949.