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Discussion on How to Quantify and Address Microplastics Continues
The San Francisco Estuary Institute and 5 Gyres are hosting scientists and policymakers to discuss microplastic pollution on October 2. The event coincides with the release of a joint report by SFEI and 5 Gyres on their comprehensive and regional study of microplastics impact on the San Francisco Bay. The Bay Area Clean Water Association has recently prepared a fact sheet on microplastics to provide context for ongoing work being done.
Policymakers presenting at the event include Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, and Mark Gold, Executive Director of the Ocean Protection Council. Scientists from California, Oregon and Canada are participating on panels that will discuss microplastics monitoring and data modeling, solutions for reducing pollution in the ocean and the challenges ahead for different stakeholders.
For more information about the event, visit its webpage here, and if you’re interested in monitoring remotely, you may register here. The forthcoming report has not yet been released, but it will be available on the SFEI website soon. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to Jared Voskuhl.
Regional San’s Recycled Water Agricultural Program on the Way to Becoming One of The Largest in the State
The State Water Board recently issued an order authorizing the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San), South Sacramento Agriculture & Habitat Lands Recycled Water Program, or South County Ag Program, to deliver an average of 45 million gallons per day of recycled water for agricultural irrigation and habitat enhancement purposes. The South County Ag project was the focus of discussion at our recent CASA conference discussing ways to maximize water reuse.
Regional San treats wastewater for approximately 1.4 million residents in the Sacramento Region, and is in the process of constructing nearly $2 billion in treatment plant. Once the project is completed, the South County Ag Program will be one of the largest water recycling projects in California, delivering up to 50,000 acre feet per year of tertiary treated wastewater to an estimated 16,000 acres of agricultural and habitat lands in southern Sacramento County. With this recent State Water Board approval, Regional San is one step closer to making the South County Ag Program a reality.