KEY INFORMATION ON CITY DESIGNATED LOCATION FOR NEW SEWER PLANT
Morro Bay’s grassroots group, Citizens for Affordable Living (CAL), is surprised at the City’s strong emotional response to residents exercising their right to express themselves through a legitimate, state-approved referendum process. CAL collected 1,100 plus signatures in only 11 days to repeal a city council ordinance that pre-zones the yet unpurchased South Bay Blvd. site for a sewage plant. The main public objection: moving the waste facility into the Morro Bay Estuary watershed is unsound zoning.
The Estuary by definition is a sensitive ecosystem. The Marine Protected Area (MPA) designation in the Back Bay enhances the critical need for protection. Both the high-pressure, 4-pipeline, conveyance system (which carries raw sewage to the plant and brine back to the ocean outfall) and the waste facility are a 1/2 mile from the Estuary and the MPA. Sewage leaks or spills will have direct flow to this area via an adjacent creek that joins Chorro Creek, one of the Estuary’s two tributaries. The map on page 60 shows the interchange of State Route 1 with S. Bay Blvd. The proposed waste facility site is just north of this interchange. (Refer to Map on Page 62) https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=46084
Concern was heightened recently when PG&E announced its rolling blackouts. That’s how Puget Sound was wasted in July, 2019: power outages caused two sewer plants to fail within 1 week of each other, dumping a total of 4.5 million gallons. The first incident happened after “backup pumping systems failed during a power outage” releasing in less than 30 minutes 3 million gallons of “untreated sewage.” https://komonews.com/news/local/3-million-gallon-sewage-spill-causes-several-puget-sound-area-beaches-to-close
The Morro Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), which is charged with protecting the Estuary, raised concerns in the 2018 Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed sewer plant. It recommended moving the project outside the watershed. Rather than addressing this concern and others directly, the City (FEIR) merely referenced back to the EIR with no new information or stated more studies would be forthcoming. Those studies were not forthcoming in the August Addendum to the FEIR nor have they been forthcoming to date. (Letter and Response begin on page 138 of 390) http://www.morrobayca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11985/WRF-Final-EIR?bidId=
CAL does not agree with the mayor’s statement, “This project and the facility site have been fully vetted…over the last 6 years…and which will protect the estuary.” It’s worth noting that the latest rendition of the sewage plant has only been known since last year, 2018, when the EIR was circulated, not for 6 years.
The City’s threat of increasing costs should the public question their direction is an ongoing mantra. The City Council acknowledged the night they chose the South Bay Blvd. (SBB) site that it was the most expensive of the site options. If the Council had been concerned about cost, then they would have selected a different site.
No other site has the additional number of new pipelines, additional number of new pump stations, additional number of easements and encroachments as the SBB site. To eliminate the $40 million cost of this 3.5-mile pipeline conveyance system would be a savings. That’s $40 a month less on a family bill. And $40 less on everyone’s bill is double the savings that only qualified low-income households currently receive with a 10% discount ($17-20).
Consequently, in addition the Quintana Road/Roundabout business district, which is a major sales tax generator, will experience business loss, possible closure and job loss. Currently, trenching the full width and length of Quintana and under the Roundabout is scheduled to take 18 months.
The City likes to state that Morro Bay’s “water and sewer rates [are] on par with our neighbors.” This statement does not match the data in the May, 2019, Atascadero City Council staff report. Even prior to the latest rate increase, Morro Bay had the most expensive sewer rates of any SLO County city.
https://www.atascadero.org/files/PW/Prop%20218/Prop%20218%20Staff%20Report%20-%20Wastewater%20Rate%20Change.pdf (See the bar graph at the bottom of page 5)
Some residents are focused on the possible reclamation, clean water component of the proposed facility. However, the City has not produced the definitive study to show that reclamation is even possible in the Morro Valley. If a reclamation component is feasible, it is not SBB site specific.
On October 22, the count for verifying signatures on the referendum petition concluded. The petition had more than the minimum required 10% of voters in the last general election.
On November 12 the City Council will decide whether to rescind the prezoning ordinance themselves or put it to a vote of the people.
CONTACT – Dan Sedley, Co-Chair CAL @ (805)772-7327
MORRO BAY NATIONAL ESTUARY PROGRAM
Citizens for Affordable Living believes the commentary submitted by MBNEP, in response to the Morro Bay City’s Draft Environmental Document (DEIR) supports CAL’s referendum position — that the 27 acre parcel located at north end of South Bay Blvd., should not be pre-zoned for a public facility, i.e. wastewater treatment facility.
In response to MBNEP, the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) pages 10-128, refers back to the DEIR, or states that environmental concerns would be addressed in future plans and permitting. WTF plans and permits were not a part of the August 2019 Addendum to the FEIR. Therefore, when such plans and permits are presented, they will not be subject to comment by the MBNEP, or the public.
MORRO BAY’S WATER CONTAMINATION
Morro Bay, California’s Version of Flint Michigan — August 27, 2019
Larry Truesdale Ph.D.
NITRATES IN DRINKING WATER
Analysis of the GSI Technical Memorandum — June 2, 2019
Author Larry K. Truesdale holds a Ph. D in Chemistry and a Minor in Economics. During his professional career, he directed a large, multidisciplinary research group, while managing $100M collaborations of various disciplines. Following retirement, Larry has contributed as editor for international chemistry journals. He has the annual responsibility to validate data of over 100 research reports in support of the authors’ conclusions, that these research analyses meet highest scientific standards, for further scientific review and publication.
REFERENCES: 1. GSI Water Solutions, Inc. Technical Memorandum, Morro Bay Water Reclamation Facility Groundwater Modeling, April 19, 2019, From: Dave O’Rourk and Tim Thompson, To: Eric Casares with copy to Rob Livik. 2. GSI Water Solutions, Inc. Final Report, Lower Morro Valley Basin Screening-Level Groundwater Modeling for Injection Feasibility, May 16, 2017. Prepared for Michael K. Nunley & Associates and the City of Morro Bay. 3. California Coastal Commission Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance, Final adopted Science Update, November 7, 2018, Chapter 3, Sea level Rise Science. 4. DUDEK 2012 Recycled Water Feasibility Study, March 9, 2012. Prepared for the City of Morro Bay and Cayucos Sanitary District Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project. 5. Cleath & Associates Morro Basin Nitrate Study, Prepared for the City Of Morro Bay, December 2007. 6. The “Morro Bay Nitrate Study”: Issues and Concerns. Richard E. T. Sadowski, Marls Jo Burton, Brian Stedjee, April 2008. 7. Larry Truesdale, Bay News, “The Myth of Water Independence”, August 2018. https://calmorrobay.com
MORRO BAY CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING – SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 – PUBLIC HEARING Item B-1
The meeting reconvened at 8:37 p.m. with all members present. https://youtu.be/-gapX14CQmE?t=5s
The Clerk announced twelve timely submitted protests had been received since the last tally, bringing the total to 2,158, not including those delivered by Ms. Donnelly. Mr. Pannone advised the Council regarding its options related to the 1,000 incomplete protests that had been submitted by Ms. Donnelly earlier in the evening.
Following discussion, there was Council concurrence not to accept those 1,000 additional incomplete protests submitted based on Ms. Hawley’s statement the votes were cast before the 218 process began, were cast on an undefined issue and did not include a date. Further, the Council determined there had been ample opportunity during the protest period to resubmit a complete protest, if desired. There was discussion about the desire to validate all the protests received based on the belief there are many invalid protests in the rough count of 2,158.
MOTION: Council Member Davis moved the Council adopt both water and sewer (wastewater) surcharges through the adoption of Resolution No. 71-18 for the proposed Water Reclamation Facility. The motion was seconded by Council Member Headding and carried unanimously, 5-0.
From concerned citizen, Larry Truesdale, PhD in Chemistry — READ an assessment of the truth about water independence. Larry focused his career in drug discovery within the pharmaceutical industry.
Information concerning City of Morro Bay and Tri W Enterprises
Memorandum of Understanding between Tri W Enterprises, Inc. and The City of Morro Bay, California
READ submitted Correspondence of June 13, 2018, CC Special Meeting from the HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION — Agenda Item III.
106 UNANSWERED QUESTIONS submitted by residents at the Morro Bay City Council Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Public Forum – April 25, 2018
MORRO BAY WATER RECLAMATION FACILITY
Public comment have been compiled, reviewed and addressed in the (Draft) Final Environmental Impact Report.
Final Environmental Impact Report — June 2018
$150 MILLION TO SOLVE NONEXISTENT PROBLEM
You can read this timely Bay News article concerning the MB sewer project on Page 26 @
Instructions on How to Oppose Morro Bay’s Sewer Project VOTE “NO” on Sewer/Water Rate Increases!
CURRENT RATE SCHEDULE THRU 2019 Add the water rate together with the sewer rate for your actual bill total. This rate schedule was voted in 2015 with a Proposition 218. These yearly increases for these services were intended to finance a new waste water treatment facility.
Watch video of Workshop held on March 11, 2018 to Inform the Community How to Oppose Morro Bay’s $167,000,000 Sewer Project
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March 15, 2018 Bay News Article Battle Line Drawn By Anti-Sewer Group
In addition to raising water/sewer rates — “How is the City expecting to finance the $167M sewer project (WIFIA)?”
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