North Sonoma Agricultural Reuse Project - NSCARP - On Hold
NSCARP would contaminate current and future drinking water supplies.
Three of the most precious Sonoma County wine growing regions -- the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys -- would be turned into mega-leachfields for municipal wastewater -- if the NSCARP project is ever built. This controversial $350million+ plan for 17 reservoirs full of effluent, 111 miles of new pipelines, and 16 pumping stations -- makes no sense.
It threatens to contaminate drinking water; the wastewater is already committed to safer and greener purposes; and the so-called "recycling" project does not free up additional drinking water supplies.
Farmers, vintners cool to prospect of recycled water for irrigation
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT May 16, 2007
Wastewater irrigation questioned by growers
Healdsburg Tribune - May 17, 2008
NSCARP Draft EIR/EIS
EPA Comments on draft EIR/EIS
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Comments on Draft EIR/EIS
Common pollutant slips through wastewater treatment to cause tumors and sex change in Morro Bay fish. Read More
Past Coalition News Releases
Study: Plan to Irrigate Wine Country with Treated Sewage Will Contaminate Important Reserve of Pure Drinking Water
North county residents, winemakers, and business leaders create new umbrella group to study impacts of sewage disposal schemes
Comments Concerning the Discharge Compliance Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)
These comments are made on behalf of the Clean Water Coalition of Northern Sonoma County (CWC-NSC).
Our analysis of the Discharge Compliance DEIR indicates that it is inadequate to support any discharge of wastewater into the Russian River without additional treatment to remove soluble contaminants. Read More
Letter from The Alexander Valley Acres Mutual Water Company
"The Russian River Discharge component will degrade groundwater quality at existing or future drinking water wells, resulting in a public health hazard.." Read More
Clean Water Coaltion of Northern Sonoma County
P.O. Box 1636
Healdsburg, CA 95448