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Woodacre Flats Sewage Plant

March 3, 2015

 

 

 

Here is a winter update from the WOODACRE FLATS WASTEWATER GROUP (WFWG) 

Final Winter 2012 Newsletter

 

Past Articles

December 2011

WOODACRE FLATS WASTEWATER GROUP (WFWG) 
By Eric Morey, Woodacre Representative

Despite repeated requests as the Woodacre representative, acting for the Steering Committee, to meet with the Woodacre Flats Wastewater Group and get answers to questions that arose as a result of their Sept. 29 meeting to put into our Newsletter they continue to put off meeting with us.   We had expected that the Steering Committee meeting with the WFWG group would be before our November 14 membership meeting and had it on the agenda for a report and discussion.   At that membership meeting many members, including residents from the Woodacre Flats expressed concern about what appears to be a shift in focus of the project and a shift in the process.  Several Steering Committee members who have attended the original meetings as well as the 3 community meetings including the Marshal Plan presentation also expressed concerns.  Subsequent requests for this information, as well as a request for the results of the October 31 deadline for the petition/survey, that could be put in the December newsletter were, again, put off.

Chairperson note: When WFWG asked the PG to support a feasibility study to investigate solutions, the original goal was a project to help those subjected to health issues and environmental damage due to failing septic systems. Many septic systems in the Flats do not operate at their maximum capacity during the rainy season when the ground is saturated with water, resulting in raw sewage spills. In January 2010, the PG sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors supporting a feasibility study to investigate solutions that included the following statement,  “The Planning Group looks forward to reviewing the results of this feasibility study.  We will monitor this effort to be sure that recommendations conform to the goals and objectives of the Community Plan, resolve safety and health issues and will not impact Valley streams or increase the residential footprint.” 

The May 2011 Questa Report Summary is posted on the SGVPG web site. The 254 page Feasibility Study is posted on the SGVPG web site and at this county link:

http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/CD/main/pdf/EHS/Woodacre_Feasibility.pdf

Editor’s Note:  The Planning Group has not yet taken a position on this project.  The PG Woodacre Flats Committee has attended all meetings of this group to monitor it, determine local support and be informed of all impacts.

 

 

November 2011

WOODACRE FLATS WASTEWATER GROUP
By Eric Morey, Woodacre Representative

Despite repeated requests as the Woodacre representative, acting for the Steering Committee, to meet with the Woodacre Flats Wastewater Group and get answers to questions that arose as a result of their Sept. 29 meeting to put into our Newsletter they continue to put off meeting with us.   We had expected that the Steering Committee meeting with the WFWG group would be before our November 14 membership meeting and had it on the agenda for a report and discussion.   At that membership meeting many members, including residents from the Woodacre Flats expressed concern about what appears to be a shift in focus of the project and a shift in the process.  Concerns were also expressed by several Steering Committee members who have attended the original meetings as well as the 3 community meetings including the Marshal Plan presentation.  Subsequent requests for this information, as well as a request for the results of the October 31 deadline for the petition/survey, that could be put in the December newsletter were, again, put off.

Chairperson note: When WFWG asked the PG to support a feasibility study to investigate solutions, the original goal was a project to help those subjected to health issues and environmental damage due to failing septic systems.  Many septic systems in the Flats do not operate at their maximum capacity during the rainy season when the ground is saturated with water, resulting in raw sewage spills.  In January 2010, the PG sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors supporting a feasibility study to investigate solutions that included the following statement,  “The Planning Group looks forward to reviewing the results of this feasibility study.  We will monitor this effort to be sure that recommendations conform to the goals and objectives of the Community Plan, resolve safety and health issues and will not impact Valley streams or increase the residential footprint.”

The May 2011 Questa Report Summary is posted on the SGVPG web site. The 254 page Feasibility Study is posted on the SGVPG web site and at this county link:
http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/CD/main/pdf/EHS/Woodacre_Feasibility.pdf

Editor’s Note:  The Planning Group has not yet taken a position on this project.  The PG Woodacre Flats Committee has attended all meetings of this group to monitor it, determine local support and be informed of all impacts.

 

September 2011

WOODACRE FLATS WASTEWATER GROUP
By Eric Morey

The Woodacre Flats Wastewater Group (WFWG) held another community meeting on September 29, to update residents of the Flats on the progress of the project.  A request was made for funds ($350 per household) to finance the $200,000 Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the next step in the project which would take at least a year to complete.  A petition and survey was passed around with October 31st announced as the return deadline.  2/3rds of the 165 affected property owners must agree to the EIR otherwise the effort will be abandoned.  During the meeting development options were brought up and costs of the EIR were discussed.

The original goal of the project was to help those subjected to health issues and environmental damage due to failing septic systems by funding a feasibility study to investigate solutions. Many septic systems in the Flats do not operate at their maximum capacity during the rainy season when the ground is saturated with water, resulting in raw sewage spills.

In January 2010, the PG sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors supporting a feasibility study to investigate solutions that included the following statement,  “The Planning Group looks forward to reviewing the results of this feasibility study.  We will monitor this effort to be sure that recommendations conform to the goals and objectives of the Com-munity Plan, resolve safety and health issues and will not impact Valley streams or increase the residential footprint.”

The Steering Committee has requested a meeting with WFWG to learn the results of the deadline and clarify some questions that have come up as a result of the last meeting by the SC and some PG members – development, who’s in, who’s out, etc.  I will report on the outcome of that meeting.

The May 2011 Questa Report Summary is posted on the SGVPG web site. The 254 page Feasibility Study is posted on the SGVPG web site and at this county link:
http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/CD/main/pdf/EHS/Woodacre_Feasibility.pdf

Editor’s Note:  The Planning Group has not yet taken a position on this project.  The PG Woodacre Flats Committee has attended all meetings of this group to monitor it, determine local support and be informed of all impacts.

Woodacre Flats Septic
Woodacre Flats Wastewater Feasibility Study

The Woodacre Flats Wastewater Group (WFWG), a group of local homeowners, has been meeting regularly for three years to address the problems with septic systems in the “flats” of Woodacre, including Redwood and Railroad Avenues between San Geronimo Valley Drive and Carson Ave., all of Central Ave., lower Taylor Ave., Carson between Redwood and Central, and San Geronimo Valley Drive between Park and Redwood. A feasibility study conducted by Questa Engineering has determined that there are options for the creation of a community wastewater system. The community is now moving forward with a series of meetings to inform ourselves about the options and to consider all the implications of a community project.

 

Summer Update – Proposed Woodacre Flats Wastewater Project

Dear Neighbor, The Woodacre Flats Wastewater Group (WFWG) is reaching out to you and all property owners within the Woodacre Flats Feasibility Study area, especially those who have not attended community meetings, to make sure that you are engaged in the community decision making process regarding a possible wastewater project. The goal of this process is to prepare property owners to make a decision about taking the next step – whether to do an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). An EIR would take over a year to complete, and would facilitate full consideration of all the issues related to the project. It would enable the community to make a decision about whether or not to do a wastewater project. Please see the back of this page and attachments for more background information.

It is anticipated that in late 2011 each property owner will be asked in a survey or petition what they think about this next step – an EIR – so it is essential that you be informed.

For more information please see the links below:

Summer Update

 

Final Feasibility Study for Woodacre Flats:
http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/CD/main/pdf/EHS/Woodacre_Feasibility.pdf

Background Flyer

Questa Report Summary

Proposed Community Decision Process

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