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Apr 4, 2018


North Bay Water Reuse Authority to Host Public Meetings to Receive Comments on Phase 2 Recycled Water Projects

The North Bay Water Reuse Authority has prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) projects proposed in the Phase 2 Program would continue to build upon commitments to long-term inter-agency cooperation to address common needs related to reliable water supplies and enhanced environmental restoration. The 45-day CEQA review period begins on April 4, 2018, and closes on May 18, 2018.

Persons interested in reviewing documents referenced in the EIR or receiving copies of the Draft EIR/EIS with a fee are invited to contact: Anne Crealock, Sonoma County Water Agency, 707-547-1948.

Phase 2 Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement


NBWRA Phase 2 Notice of Preparation

Public Hearings: 

A series of four public meetings will be held within the collective NBWRA 
service area during the 45-day Draft EIR/EIS review period. (The same content will be presented at each meeting.) The meetings will be held on the following dates:

May 7, 2018 (Monday)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
American Canyon City Hall (Council Chambers),4381 Broadway, Suite 201, American Canyon

May 9, 2018 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
San Rafael Community Center Auditorium,618 B Street, San Rafael

May 10, 2018 (Thursday)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Petaluma Community Center, Craft Room 1,320 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma

May 14, 2018 (Monday)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Sonoma Community Center, Room 110,276 East Napa Street, Sonoma

Written comments on the Draft EIR/EIS may be submitted to:

Sonoma County Water Agency
Attn: Anne Crealock
404 Aviation Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

You may also submit your comments electronically at the following website:

Or via e-mail to:

DEADLINE: Comments on the Draft EIR/EIS must be received by the end of the 45-day public review period, which is May 18, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Before including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. 

For more information, visit

To contact NBWRA email or call (707) 235-8965.

Phase 2 - recycle water into San Pablo Bay

The Project: The projects proposed in the Phase 2 Program would continue to build upon commitments to long-term inter-agency cooperation to address common needs related to reliable water supplies and enhanced environmental restoration. These projects would include construction and operation of treatment capacity improvements, distribution facilities, and storage facilities (seasonal and operational) to provide recycled water for environmental, agricultural, and municipal reuse in the North San Pablo Bay region, which encompasses approximately 318 square miles in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. Pipeline and pumping facilities would be installed within or along existing roadways. Treatment and storage facilities would be located at or near existing wastewater treatment plants. This recycled water would be used in a manner consistent with the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, pertaining to the use of tertiary-treated recycled water.

The Draft EIR/EIS will consider two alternatives, as well as the No Action and No Project Alternatives. The Action Alternatives consist of treatment, transmission, and storage facilities necessary to meet a range of recycled water demand scenarios within the NBWRA service area through 2025. Each Action Alternative considers varying levels of recycled water use and corresponding levels of regional facility integration.

Proposed Action. The proposed action would provide 4,885 acre-feet per year (AFY) of recycled water supply through construction of 20.6 miles of pipeline, one additional pump station, 10 acre-feet (AF) of storage and 4.87 million gallons per day (mgd) of WWTP tertiary treatment capacity.

Storage Alternative. This alternative would include additional storage of 1,099 acre-feet (AF), treatment (0.85 mgd) and distribution facilities (11 miles) beyond the NBWRP Phase 2 to provide additional operational flexibility within individual member agency service areas. Implementation of this Alternative would result in an additional 1,934 AFY of recycled water compared to the Proposed Action, providing a total of 6,819 AFY of recycled water supply.

reuse water - vineyards

Environmental Analysis: Analysis of environmental impacts associated with the NBWRP Phase 2 identified potentially significant impacts, primarily temporary impacts resulting from construction activities, in the following areas: aesthetics; air quality; biological resources; cultural resources; hazards and hazardous materials; surface hydrology; groundwater; water quality; recreation; noise; public services and utilities; and transportation and traffic. Growth inducement potential, 
secondary effects of growth and cumulative impacts are also addressed in the Draft EIR/EIS. For environmental impacts determined to be significant or potentially significant, mitigation measures have been identified to reduce those impacts. Per CEQA Section 15087(c)(6), the Draft EIR/EIS identifies sites with documented use, storage, or release of hazardous materials or petroleum 
products under Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code found within 660 feet of the Phase 2 elements.

North Bay Water Reuse Program

The North Bay Water Reuse Authority (NBWRA) has prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) to assess potential environmental effects of the proposed Phase 2 of the North Bay Water Reuse Program or NBWRP. As contract administrator for the NBWRA, the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) will act as Lead Agency under CEQA and the Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation will be the federal Lead Agency under NEPA.


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