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Alameda Ordered to Update Sewers

Under a stipulated order announced yesterday, the City of Alameda and six other local municipalities in the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) will upgrade sewers and rainwater collection systems to prevent sewage overflows to the San Francisco Bay. The order settles a complaint filed early last year by San Francisco Baykeeper.

Baykeeper joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Justice Department and the California Water Boards to bring the municipalities into compliance with the federal clean water act. According to an EPA press release, “Oakland, Emeryville, Piedmont, Berkeley, Alameda, Albany, and the Stege Sanitary District (which serves Kensington, El Cerrito and the Richmond Annex section of Richmond) will make substantial improvements to their wastewater collection systems to reduce sewage spills to the Bay.”

In the same release, Jason Flanders of San Francisco Baykeeper was quoted as saying, “The plans we have agreed to here will set in motion significant projects that will create green jobs and result in a cleaner Bay. We look forward to working with EPA and the Waterboards to ensure that these infrastructure improvements occur expeditiously.”

In 2009, the City of Alameda borrowed $3 million from the City Sewer Enterprise maintenance fund to help build the Willie Stargell Avenue intersection just south of the Webster and Posey Tubes.

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