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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).
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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