Hell Just Froze Over
All during the Hideous Sewer Wars here in Los Osos, people kept asking me, “When is the Tribune gonna wake up, do its homework, ask the right questions and then and connect the dots?”
My reply always was, “Oh, probably when Hell freezes over.”
Well, grab your mukluks, there’s ice on all our potholes and sump pumps. In its February 19th editorial, the Tribune apparently realized that the Regional Water Quality Control Board’s mad scheme to first target 45 random homeowners, drag them through the trauma and confusion of a Cease & Desist Hearing in order to iron out all the bugs they’re now encountering because they don’t have their ducks in a row and are winging this mess, then go after all the property owners in the whole prohibition zone, is utter insanity.
Not to mention unfair to the original 45 since they’re being singled out to experiment on during the CDO hearings. Plus, it’s all so totally unnecessary. Which is why the Tribune is urging “. . . the Regional Water Quality Control Board to join forces with the Community Services District and work with Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee to expedite [septic] maintenance district legislation. It’s a move in the right direction – and it’s fair.”
Well, good for the Tribune. Now, maybe they can dig a little deeper into the history of the RWQCB’s track record vis a vis “fair” enforcement for Los Osos, starting with the birth of the CSD and the RWQCB’s own infamous 1998 Solutions Group report that the folks running the campaign for the formation of the CSD (Faster! Better! Cheaper!) knew about before the elections were held to form the CSD … but the community did not. And so forth. Maybe if the Tribune did a nice series on that and all the other weirdiosities involved with the sewer projects, people out here might have a better understanding as to why this sewer train went off the tracks.
In the meantime, Thanks Trib. Now, where did I put my muffler and mittens? I’m gonna write a letter to my State Senator Abel Maldonado at 1356 Marsh St, SLO 93401 and a letter to Celeste Cantu, head of the State Water Resources Control Board, PO Box 100, Sacramento, CA 95812. I suggest, if you live in Los Osos, you do the same. Ask them to join State Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee in getting emergency legislation through that would enable the CSD to form a Septic Maintenance District which can then deal with nitrate reduction mitigation in a sane, coherent, effective, scientifically sound manner.
On a slightly different note, in an email from David Boardwater and the Center for Sludge Information, on February 28th, the SLO County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing and vote on policy regarding the land application of sewage sludge. The Board’s decision will affect local farmers, the environment and the public’s health. The Public Health Dept has recommended that the Board extend the Interim Moratorium Ordinance on sewage sludge land application for four years. This would maintain the caps on land application, giving SLO County time to develop a more permanent and comprehensive ordinance governing sewage sludge land application. For more information contact CSI (email@example.com.)
Why is this meeting important? When our sewer plant is built, we’ll end up with sludge that has to go somewhere. More and more counties are limiting the amount of the stuff that can be spread on fields for ag use. This means that disposal throughout the state will be getting more and more limited, with disposal costs skyrocketing, which means the County(and Los Osos) needs time to develop alternate strategies for treating and dealing with stuff all of us are creating every day when we flush the toilet..