SFPUC taking complaints about treatment plant in park

There is a list of 11 criteria the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission considered when it decided it wanted to build a recycled water treatment facility at its dilapidated wastewater plant site in Golden Gate Park.

But several environmental and neighborhood groups recently started raising concerns about the aesthetics, violating the park’s master plan and allowing the industrious facility in their historic urban backyard.

So if any of them can suggest a plot of land that’s at least one acre and fits those same criteria as appropriately as Golden Gate Park does, then SFPUC has said it will consider the impacts of putting it there instead.

Here they are:

1. Available space

2. Ownership/management authority

3. Current use of the site

4. Zoning/land-use requirements

5. Accessibility to major roads

6. Seismic risk

7. Tsunami risk

8. Presence of cultural and environmental resources

9. Potential site contamination

10. Proximity to sensitive neighbors

11. Suitability for different types of treatment

The facility could offset the use of up to 4 million gallons of water a day of what’s mostly potable Hetch Hetchy snowmelt http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/latest-recycling-plan-turns-focus-water by recycling wastewater and irrigating city parks and golf courses.

SFPUC will hold a meeting Thursday for people to suggest alternatives to their long-term renderings; however, they are already in the process of drafting an EIR in consideration of Golden Gate Park.  

“The reality is we’ve been working on and talking about it for almost a decade … now that there are new groups that have come out recently [with concerns] we’re willing to take a small step back in the process,” SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue said.

Jue said it is important to add suggestions now so, “We can feed [the suggestions] into the process.”

The meeting is in the 4th floor conference room at 1155 Market St. at 5:30 p.m.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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