Going, Going, Gone
Board of Supervisor’s Tuesday April 7 Los Osos Wastewater update, 1:30 pm. Last time to speak now or forever hold your peace. The following from a Sierra Club e-mail alert.
Hello, Sierra Club e-alert subscriber & Los Osos resident:Every month, the County Board of Supervisors gets an update on the progress of the Los Osos Wastewater Project. Most of these meetings are informational, with occasional minor actions taken by the Supervisors. But when the Board gets the April update this Tuesday, it is essential for every resident of Los Osos to turn out and speak up in order to keep the Supervisors from making a terrible mistake.
The Department of Public Works is recommending that the County Supervisors not even accept a bid on a STEP/STEG collection system from a qualified design team.IF THE SUPERVISORS TAKE THAT ADVICE, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHICH SEWER WOULD COST LESS.
Public Works has gone through the steps of a legally required alternative analysis of technologies potentially less costly and less environmentally destructive than a gravity sewer.
The Coastal Commission has told the County that its "preferred project" is unlikely to get a Coastal Development Permit, writing "It is our firm opinion that an approvable project differs from all these projects as currently envisioned, and in fact is more likely to be a permutation of the best components of these alternatives and other concepts identified to date."
The Regional Water Quality Control Board has told the county "Shallower trenching may result in lesser environmental impacts. The County should...discuss potential environmental impacts associated with dewatering activities as a result of deeper versus shallower trenching."
If the regulatory agencies decide that the environmental impacts of a deep-trench gravity sewer are unacceptable, or that one of the components the County needs to include in an approvable project is a STEP collection system and corresponding treatment facility, the County is going to have a problem on its hands if it never even invited the submission of a STEP project proposal.
THE BOARD IS ABOUT TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT YOU WILL EVER BE ALLOWED TO KNOW THE RELATIVE COSTS OF THE TWO MAIN ALTERNATIVE SEWER SYSTEM DESIGNS.
The last time you shopped for a car and wanted to compare two models, did the salesman let you check the price and manufacturer's specs on one and test drive it, but refuse to tell you the price of the other one, or let you look at it?Unless you show up and speak out on Tuesday, that's exactly what the County is going to do.
Tell the Board:YOU WANT A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD.YOU WANT THE OPTIONS ON THE TABLE.YOU DON'T WANT COMPETITION CANCELLED AND A WINNER DECLARED IN ADVANCE.
1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7
County Government CenterMonterey & Santa Rosa Streets, SLO-
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