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December 6 Public Forum


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December 6 Public Forum

  1. 1. Monday, December 6, 2010 Clean Water Facility Planning Public Forum
  2. 2. Why You Are Here <ul><li>Learn about the existing wastewater system and the planning process for siting a new wastewater facility </li></ul><ul><li>Provide your ideas for future facility locations </li></ul><ul><li>Give feedback about the upcoming decision- making process and factors used to select an alternative </li></ul>
  3. 3. Oak Harbor’s Current Wastewater Facilities
  4. 4. <ul><li>Located next to Windjammer Park </li></ul><ul><li>Currently functions as a pre-treatment plant for up to 20% of City’s wastewater </li></ul><ul><li>Aging facility that is starting to fail </li></ul><ul><li>RBC process is outdated </li></ul><ul><li>and will not meet future </li></ul><ul><li>water quality standards </li></ul>Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) Facility
  5. 5. <ul><li>Located on Seaplane Base </li></ul><ul><li>Currently handles 100% of City’s wastewater with outfall to Crescent Harbor </li></ul><ul><li>Facility is nearing </li></ul><ul><li>system capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Existing system will not meet future water quality standards </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion/improvements limited due to sensitive environment (wetlands)  </li></ul>Lagoon Facility
  6. 6. Why is a New Facility Needed? <ul><li>A new facility will be designed to: </li></ul><ul><li>Replace existing aging facilities   </li></ul><ul><li>Protect Puget Sound </li></ul><ul><li>water quality </li></ul><ul><li>Keep pace with City’s </li></ul><ul><li>projected population growth </li></ul><ul><li>Goal is a new facility by 2017 </li></ul>
  7. 7. How Do You Site a Facility in Washington? <ul><li>A project of this magnitude requires a Facilities Plan according to federal and state law. </li></ul><ul><li>The plan must be developed and approved by the Department of Ecology. </li></ul><ul><li>The plan must consider a range of alternatives before making a recommendation. </li></ul><ul><li>It typically takes 5 - 7 years from initial planning to facility completion. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What Is An Alternative? <ul><li>Site: Where will a </li></ul><ul><li>new facility go? </li></ul><ul><li>Process: What </li></ul><ul><li>technology will it use? </li></ul><ul><li>Discharge: Where will </li></ul><ul><li>clean water go, or </li></ul><ul><li>what will it be used for? </li></ul>Site Process Discharge Alternative
  9. 9. Social Cost/Benefit Financial Cost/Benefit Environmental Cost/Benefit Optimize How Will We Select a Long-term, Sustainable Alternative?
  10. 10. How Will We Pick the Best Alternative? * Parks, Open Space, Community Access, Education
  11. 11. Where Should a New Facility Be Sited? City of Oak Harbor
  12. 12. What Treatment Process Should We Use?
  13. 13. What Treatment Process Should We Use?
  14. 14. <ul><li>A proposed alternative will be identified after a number of potentially viable alternatives are studied and input from the Oak Harbor community has been solicited and considered. </li></ul><ul><li>All proposed sites will be carefully evaluated and considered and the alternative selected will best meet the City’s project objectives. </li></ul>Decision-Making Process
  15. 15. Project Schedule
  16. 16. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>Questions? To learn more, visit: