THE CREATION OF A “WETLANDS PARK” GAINS PUBLIC SUPPORT OF A RECYCLING FACILITY AND SECURES GRANT FUNDING
Abstract:When faced with the challenge of needing to build a new water recycling facility, the City of Petaluma took an innovative route - allow public input into the decision making process in evaluating alternatives and creating the final solution. The citizens of Petaluma expressed great interest in developing a project that would: meet strict discharge standards, provide unrestricted reuse for urban areas, be ecologically and economically sustainable, and would provide a facility that would serve as an amenity to the community by providing educational and recreational opportunities. The end result was the development of a new recycling facility with treatment wetlands, polishing wetlands that are open to the public, over 3.5 miles of new trails accessing the existing and created features on-site, and upland and riparian restoration. The project received funding in the amount of $4 million dollars for acquisition of the land and development of the trails and habitat improvements. The public also received tremendous public support both locally and in the region (Bay Area).
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2004-01-01
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