Rainwater Will Pollute The Ocean?

Sarah Hardgrave. Isn’t she gone yet?

The storm runoff water might be an environmental danger if it is diluted into the Pacific Ocean, but would be safe to spray into the air where people play golf and wildlife live. Can’t come up with anything kookier than that, eco-freaks.

The city is looking at recycling storm water runoff because last year, the State Water Resources Board redefined storm water runoff as waste water for parts of the coastline designated as Areas of Special Biological Significance or ASBS. The city immediately applied for and received an exception that buys it some time.

Hardgrave says, “And the exception says storm water is waste and you can only discharge it if it is not having an effect on the natural water quality of the ocean in the near shore within the ASBS.”

Tests are now being conducted to see if storm water really does pollute the ocean. But even if the tests find the water does not pollute, the city still faces skyrocketing costs of watering its golf course and cemetery.

Rainwater Will Pollute The Ocean?

Call It The John Denver Memorial Sewage Treatment Plant

Seems that the Runaway Mayor’s hopes of refilling the Cal Am pond with rain is still on the table, courtesy of Sarah Hardgrave.

The most ambitious missions of the stormwater management project: to repurpose a California American Water corporate yard on David Avenue into a reservoir, and to renovate an abandoned wastewater treatment plant at Point Pinos back into productivity.

P.G. Environmental Programs Manager Sarah Hardgrave says the David Avenue reservoir could capture stormwater above Pine Avenue and send it through a new storm drain to a renovated Point Pinos wastewater treatment plant, which operated from the early 1950s to the late 1970s. Once treated, the water could irrigate the municipal golf course and cemetery, which currently use about 125 acre-feet of potable Cal Am water a year.

Call It The John Denver Memorial Sewage Treatment Plant

Environmental Programs Manager Is Shocked SHOCKED That Residents Don't Want A Swamp On Their Street

Save the city more money – Fire Sarah Hardgrave. And it’s pretty stupid to call it’s tracking system a “Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program” when people are living next to it.

no swamps here

The city of Pacific Grove is dropping a wetland-based, clean-water project fiercely opposed by neighbors who said it would create a smelly swamp in a friendly neighborhood park.

“We’re going to take the neighbors’ suggestions … and look to make repairs to the storm drain upstream,” said Sarah Hardgrave, the city’s environmental programs manager, on Wednesday.

Hardgrave, who still sounded shaken by the reception some project opponents gave her at the March 28 meeting, said, “The vehemence of the opponents made it clear the city wasn’t going to successfully” pursue the project.


Environmental Programs Manager Is Shocked SHOCKED That Residents Don’t Want A Swamp On Their Street

Who Wants To Tax Grocery Bags?

bag grab

Sarah Hardgrave, another substainable kook that thinks taxes will change behavior. Taxing me even more on safe, clean packaging from stores makes me change my mind to shop in Sand City.

Senior city planner Sarah Hardgrave, environmental programs manager for the city, sought authorization to prepare a report about alternatives that would allow the city to regulate single-use carryout bags — paper as well as plastic.

Such regulation could encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags.

Residents cited the environmental harm reportedly caused by bags when they wash into Monterey Bay and are eaten by fish and other sea life.

Europeans routinely bring their own shopping bags to stores, said resident Inge Larritzen Dumer.

Yes, and Europeans urinate in the street.

Residents Marciel Price and Terry O’Connell argued that reusable cloth bags can pose a health hazard.

“Different people have different sanitary standards,” O’Connell said.

Merchandise carried in reusable bags often contains “germs, pesticides, all kinds of stuff,” Price said, adding that she wouldn’t want to deal with leaking packaged meats in a cloth bag.

Who Wants To Tax Grocery Bags?

How To Water The Golf Courses With Wastewater

Whatever it takes, I’m not for pumping sewage to the old reservoir on David Avenue.

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Sarah Hardgrave, P.G.’s environmental programs manager, says other options include tapping MRWPCA wastewater and routing rainwater from the Forest Lake Reservoir – but extending existing pipelines could be cost-prohibitive. Another possibility: turning a Cal Am corporate yard on David Avenue into a reservoir.?

About 100-150 acre-feet could supply both the links and the cemetery, she adds: “We would want to maximize all the irrigated city properties that we could.”?

How To Water The Golf Courses With Wastewater