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Protect Your Family From COVID-19 — No Wipes Down the Pipes!

While disinfecting your home and business is an important step in protecting your family from COVID-19, it is crucial to remember that disposable wipes, even those marked “flushable”, should NEVER go down the drain. Flushing wipes, or anything other than toilet paper, including paper towels and other paper products, could cause blockages to MVSD’s collection system and treatment plant. Flushing wipes may also damage home plumbing systems creating significant costs to property owners.

Anything that contributes to increased sewer spills may also increase the risk of spreading COVID-19. Keep your family and neighbors safe by putting used wipes in the trash and not down the toilet!

Want to know more? Here’s a recent report on how wipes are contributing to blockages in Bay Area sewer systems: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-disinfecting-wipes-being-flushed-down-toilets-causing-major-pipe-problems/.

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MVSD Coronavirus Update

As you might be aware, Contra Costa County has announced that its public health services department is implementing community mitigation measures that will help slow the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19. Effective immediately, all businesses and government agencies have been directed to cease non-essential operations at physical locations in the county. To comply with this directive, MVSD is cancelling all public meetings and events until further notice. These cancellations include the following:

  • Public Open House scheduled for March 18, 2020
  • Personnel Meeting scheduled for March 19, 2020
  • Finance Committee Meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020
  • Strategic Planning Workshop scheduled for March 21, 2020

Our team will continue to monitor the developments of this emerging situation and will follow any recommendations and best practices as they develop. We will make every effort to reschedule meetings and events to the extent possible, once this order has been lifted.

In the interest of public health, we ask everyone to follow the best practices that have been recommended by Contra Costa County. To read the full public health directive issued on March 16, 2020, please click here (https://cchealth.org/coronavirus/pdf/HO-COVID19-SIP-0316-2020.pdf)

Moorhen Marsh Phase B- Construction Week of August 20, 2018

Recent work performed:

  • Completed levee reconstruction with geogrid in pond A-2 and A-1.
  • Constructed 3 islands in pond A-2 and began island construction in pond A-1
  • Formed and poured concrete for the boardwalk and viewing platform abutments in pond A-2.
  • Installed timber piles for the boardwalk and viewing platform abutments in pond A-2.
  • Installed 2 water control structures.
  • Began dredging in Peyton Slough.
  • Excavated and installed levee keyways in Fat Slough and began levee reconstruction with geogrid.
  • Began excavating and installing levee keyways in pond B and began levee reconstruction with geogrid on the west side along Peyton Slough.
  • Continued drying and moisture conditioning pond B soils.

Upcoming work:

  • Complete levee reconstruction and island construction in pond A-1.
  • Complete levee reconstruction in Fat Slough.
  • Continue keyway installation and levee reconstruction in pond B.
  • Complete dredging in Peyton Slough.
  • Install the 3 remaining water control structures.
  • Begin installation of the outlet structures to Peyton Slough.
  • Begin installation of rip rap in ponds A-2 and A-1.
  • CCC scheduled for mid September to start constructing the boardwalk and viewing platform.

 

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Conflict of Interest Code Amendment

The Board of Directors of the Mt. View Sanitary District has declared its intention to amend its Conflict of Interest Code to add District positions of Board Secretary / Executive Assistant, Wastewater Lead Operator, and Wastewater Operations Manager / CPO and by deleting the District positions of Office Administrator / Board Secretary and Wastewater Operations Supervisor. The positions of Board Secretary / Executive Assistant and Wastewater Operations Manager / CPO have been added with a reporting category of “All categories.” The Wastewater Lead Operator has been added with a reporting category of “Categories A, B, C, and D.” A Public Hearing has been scheduled for September 12, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. To review a copy of the proposed amendment click here.

Moorhen Marsh Construction Update- Week of July 2, 2018

Recent work performed:

  • Dewatering and fish rescue in ponds A1, A2, B and Fat Slough
  • Vegetation removal and drying.
  • Turning soil with a long-reach excavator and dozers in dewatered pond beds to further dry the soil.
  • Installation of fused HDPE to divert water in Peyton Slough.
  • Installation of sandbag cofferdam at upstream end of Peyton Slough.

Upcoming work:

  • Excavation of keyways for new levees in ponds A-2 and A-1.
  • Begin new levee construction in ponds A2 and A-1.
  • Continue Vegetation removal and drying.
  • Continue turning soil with a long-reach excavator and dozers in dewatered pond beds to further dry the soil.
  • Installation of AquaDam at downstream end of Peyton Slough.
  • Dewatering of Peyton Slough.
  • Dredging of Peyton Slough.

Construction Updates- Week of March 19, 2018

The majority of Phase A construction is finished. Below are highlights of construction activities completed in February and early March:

  • Completed terrestrial plantings (except for dip netting area)
  • Installed irrigation system
  • Installed the retaining wall in the dip net area in Pond E
  • Hydro-seeded levee trails

The remaining tasks to complete Phase A are listed below and MVSD expects all work to be completed by April 6th:

  • Install decomposed granite between the vehicle bridge and dip netting area
  • Install landscape boulders and picnic bench at dip netting area
  • Install terrestrial plants around dip netting area
  • Install emergent vegetation in Ponds C, D, and E
  • Install canal gates
  • Fill Ponds C, D, and E

Construction Updates for the Week of November 27,2017

Following is a summary of main work items performed recently:

  • Completed reconstruction of the levees in ponds C, D and E, utilizing geo-grid.
  • Placed the finish soil over the reconstructed levee slopes.
  • Completed excavation and forming the deep water channels in ponds C, D and E.
  • Completed construction of the island in pond C and partial construction of the island in pond D.
  • Removed three of the existing canal gates and began piping extensions.
  • Cut/fill and grade pond bottoms to correct elevations.
  • Wallace-Kuhl (field geotechnical) took in-situ density tests and moisture contents for compacted levee and island construction.

Upcoming work:

  • Complete construction of the island in pond D.
  • Install pipe extensions at water control structures and canal gates.
  • Refurbish and reinstall existing canal gates
  • Install rip rap at water control structures and canal gates.
  • Final grading of pond bottoms to correct elevations.
  • Begin hardscape installation (retaining wall, basking logs etc.).
  • Begin installation of erosion control blanket on levee slopes.
  • Begin planting and seeding.

Construction Updates for the Week of November 6, 2017

Progress continued for the habitat enhancement project throughout October and into November for Phase A. The following highlights the construction tasks completed last month:

  • Completed reconstruction of 95% of all the levees in ponds C, D and E, utilizing geogrid.
  • Placed the majority of finish soil over the reconstructed levees.
  • Continued excavation and forming the deep water channels in ponds C, D and E.
  • Constructed the island keyways in ponds C and D.
  • Began construction of the islands in ponds C and D, utilizing geogrid.
  • Installed the two new water control structures between ponds C/D, and ponds D/E.
  • Cut/fill and grade pond bottoms to correct elevations.
  • Wallace-Kuhl (field geotechnical) took in-situ density tests and moisture contents for compacted levee keyways and levee reconstruction.
photo of a Western Pond Turtle

MVSD Publishes Management Recommendations in Scientific Journal – Western Wildlife

In conjunction with data collected during the Western Pond Turtle Study, consulting biologist Jeff Alvarez and District Biologist Kelly Davidson, along with biologist Gary Kittleson and reptile veterinarian Louisa Asseo, co-authored an article on the potential of injury and mortality to western pond turtles during upland vegetation maintenance activities like mowing and disking. The article was accepted for publication by the journal of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, Western Wildlife, and was published online October 23rd.

Western Wildlife is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research, notes, reviews, perspectives, and correspondence on the ecology, natural history, management, and conservation biology of animals. You can access the current volume at the Western Wildlife website here: http://wwjournal.org/home/current_volume/.  You can access the article on our website at this link

 

Construction Completed through the week ending September 15, 2017

Following is a summary of main work items performed recently:

  • Completed approx. 80% of levee keyways in ponds C, D and E.
  • Partially excavated and formed the deep water channels in ponds C, D and E.
  • Imported and placed select fill for pond C east levee, where the levee was seeping from raised slough water levels.
  • Began reconstruction of the levees in ponds E and D utilizing geogrid.
  • Continued moisture conditioning pond soils.
  • Continued dewatering local ponding water in ponds C, D and E.
  • Wallace-Kuhl (field geotechnical) took in-situ density tests and moisture contents for compacted levee keyways and levee reconstruction.

Upcoming work:

  • Complete levee keyways in ponds C, D and E.
  • Continue excavation and forming the deep water channels in ponds C, D and E.
  • Continue reconstruction of the levees in ponds E, D and C utilizing geogrid.
  • Cut/fill and grade pond bottoms to correct elevations.
  • Start removing and replacing water control structures.