Forgive me for the off-topic posting, but I know that a substantial number of you are also interested in ending the OCSD waiver.
My wife who works in the Acquisitions department of the HB Public Library Central branch says they received an apparently unsolicited propaganda video today from the OCSD "for checkout by library patrons".
I'm sure the 13 minutes of content is nothing new to dedicated OOG-ers, but I found the part about the outfall pipe being a *benefit* to the ocean by functioning as an artificial reef to be quite hilarious. ;-)
In order to save you a trip to the library, I have digitized the video and put it online at:
By special request you can get my original capture version at 70 megabytes, 768K/sec encoding.
Note to Jan - feel free to forward this to your OOG list if you desire.
What follows is the text of the letter accompanying the video:
The Board of Directors of the Orange County Sanitation District must soon decide about whether to request a renewal of the existing permit to release treated wastewater four and one-half miles off the coast or move to a new level of treatment with implications for rate payers, air quality and traffic congestion.
This is an
important decision, one that will have an impact on Orange County residents.
OCSD's highest priority is to protect public health and our coastal waterways, while keeping sewer service fees, paid by our customers, at a reasonable level. A new level of wastewater treatment will reduce the amount of microscopic solids that are released offshore and reduce the amount of bacteria in treated wastewater.
However, additional treatment will require an increase in sewer fees, generate approximately 3,000 additional truck trips yearly and produce unknown tons of air pollutants from increased traffic. An additional level of treatment will not eliminate beach contamination. This was determined by an expert panel of scientists from the USC Sea Grant program, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, the US EPA, the Woods Hole Marine Institute (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and others.
Copies of the enclosed 13-minute video, which provides residents with background information on OCSD operations and the decision before our Board, are being distributed to libraries throughout Orange County. Please make the videos available for checkout by library patrons.
If you would like additional copies, please contact me at (714) 593-7120 or Brenda Deeley at Porter Novelli, (949) 222-5455.
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