Contact: Jason Warner, General Manager
Oro Loma Sanitary District

Project to demonstrate leading alternative to sea rise protection along the San Francisco Bay Shoreline

The public is invited to tour the innovative horizontal levee project and learn more from project experts about how the shoreline experiment may help the Bay Area adapt to projected sea-level rise and extreme weather.

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oro Loma Sanitary District, 2600 Grant Avenue, San Lorenzo, CA 94580, experts Peter Baye, a coastal ecologist; Jessie Olson, Save the Bay Nursery Manager; and David Sedlak, a professor at UC Berkeley will speak and answer questions about the project and illustrate how the concept could be expanded to protect large portions of the shoreline. Tours of the wastewater treatment plant will also be offered, with espresso drinks and ice cream scooped by the green business, Knudsen’s Ice Creamery.

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, construction began on this first-of-its-kind ecotone project that includes a wetland basin and a new type of levee known as a “horizontal levee.” This wide, gently sloping wedge of gravel, mud and grasses mimics a historic wetland ecosystem that existed before settlement in the Bay Area. Treated effluent from the Oro Loma facility will flow into the basin, be piped to the top of the horizontal levee, and flow through the soil to sustain 70,000 native plants. This vegetation will provide wildlife habitat and remove nutrients that threaten water quality.

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