State Authority Says Pacifica Owes $2.3 Million For Pooping Up Beaches

The city of Pacifica may be up shit creek if it doesn't stop shitting up its creeks. The city faces $2.3 million fines for what the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is calling “illegal discharges” during storms in January of 2008. A letter from the Board to the city and wastewater plant manager, David Gromm, dated from last Friday addresses “numerous sanitary sewer overflows and bypass violations” starting as early as February 2006.

According to the Board's formal complaint, treated wastewater flows from the implicated plant in Pacifica through the Calera Creek Wetlands and into the ocean at Rockaway Beach (activities at Rockaway now include hiking, biking, and dodging excrement). The complaint alleges that last January the plant dumped 100,000 gallons of raw sewage after a system overflow, among other so-called “discharge events.”

The city closed two affected beaches during the January spills, but the complaint alleges that sewage was also popping out of manholes in multiple locations in the area. The same week, the plant released 6.9 million gallons of partially treated wastewater into the wetlands when a glitch caused the filth to bypass important filtration processes. So far, this plant has already agreed to fork over $586,000 from previous liability complaints from the Board (one in 2005 and another in 2007) for similar problems.   

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