Archive for the 'WPCP' Category

Subway Full of Apples

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I was offered today the excuse of being sick for my blogging hiatus, so I’ll take it. But the impetus for getting back to it right now is this amazing video. And evidently, it was all done in CGI, and that link is worth watching, too. (Via Serious Eats.) I went to a foraging dinner […]

Away the sewage!

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Just as “alternative conveyance” is another word for “peripheral canal,” so “sewage sludge” has become “biosolids.” At last night’s CAG meeting, we talked about what we’re going to do with all of it, whatever it’s called. Currently, the WPCP devotes almost 800 acres of the plant lands to the sludge lagoons and drying beds that […]

Open Positions

Friday, September 18th, 2009

And, much as I hate posting twice in one day (when I could be saving things up for days when I guiltily realize I have nothing to blog about) tomorrow is Coastal Cleanup Day, and I’d like to do my small bit in getting the word out about these open positions. First, there are two […]


Thursday, September 17th, 2009

At last night’s CAG meeting, we spent quite a while discussing that survey question about priorities that has been bothering me so much. Most of the other CAG members agreed that the discussion of the question in the report on the public meeting, especially in the short summary of the results, did not accurately reflect […]

Primary and Secondary

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

I’m off to Año Nuevo today, to tell people all about the elephant seals (and to hear about how the park will be affected by the state budget.) So today’s post is a newsy one. The California Coastal Commission on Thursday voted to deny the city of San Diego’s request for a third waiver from […]

WPCP Master Plan report

Friday, July 24th, 2009

You may recall the big shindig the city threw to get public input for the plant master plan upgrade. Well, two months later, the report about same is finally available. (Large PDF, although not as large as the SCVWD things I used to link to.) The summary points I find most pertinent are Economical • […]

Not without a paddle

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

The Metro has an excellent cover story this week about the WPCP. There is, as one might expect, a fair bit of scatological humor, but that’s to be expected. But the article gives a very thorough description of what the plant does, how utterly vital is is that the plant keep doing it, and how […]

Plant Master Plan Open House

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

The City is taking public outreach for the WPCP master plan update very seriously. The Environmental Services Department pulled out all the stops, bringing in many buses for tours and putting up two big tents in the parking lot, for mingling and the presentation. Inside, there was lots of printed matter. (click through if you […]

Mark your calendar

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

You are cordially invited to an Open House at the San José/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant next Saturday, 16 May, from 1:30 – 5:00 pm. This is the kickoff workshop for the public outreach for the plant master plan. If you care about water in the South Bay (unless you live in Sunnyvale, where […]

CAG Meeting

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Yesterday was the first real meeting of the South Bay WPCP Master Plan Community Advisory Group. We saw a presentation about the master plan process, mixed a bit in small groups to get to know each other better, and then decided to defer electing two spokespeople until our next meeting in January. The small group […]

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