The City is committed to managing its biosolids in an environmentally sound, socially acceptable, and cost-effective manner. We are constantly reviewing the program and incorporating continual improvements. In 2005, the City was directed by a writ of mandate issued by the Tulare County Superior Court (Writ) to undertake an evaluation under Section 15168(c) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines to determine if additional CEQA review was required for the 2000 purchase of the Green Acres Farm site in Kern County and the 2000 amendment of the Responsible Biosolids Management (RBM) contract for the transportation and land application of biosolids. Based on the Writ, an addendum to the 1989 and 1996 Biosolids Program Environment Impact Reports (EIR) was prepared and approved by the City Council on December 8, 2010. In April 2012, the Court Order ruled that the addendum was inadequate to discharge the Writ and directed the City “to do a new Initial Study per §15168(c)(1), and to proceed thereafter as required by law.” As directed by the court, the City has prepared an Initial Study and will prepare the Green Acres Biosolids Land Application EIR. Click here to view the CEQA documentation and find out how to provide comments on the process.
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February 19, 2013
The City encourages you to learn more about the wastewater treatment process and biosolids management. We have created several video productions that focus on these processes. To learn more request one of the biosolids video productions by contacting us at the information included on the bottom of this page.
"Where Does It Go?" – designed for audiences 8-years old and up. Three children host the program and take the viewer on a tour of the Hyperion Treatment Plant and the City's farm in Kern County.
"Imagine" – designed for persons touring the Hyperion Treatment Plant, as well as for groups in the community who are interested in the City's farm, but are not able to travel to it. The video shows viewers how biosolids can change marginal soil into productive farmland that grows crops and are sold to local dairies for livestock feed.
"Creating a Valuable Product: Biosolids" – designed for persons who have an understanding about farming but do not understand how organic wastewater solids are converted into beneficial biosolids. This video shows the viewers the various treatment processes that are used to convert the organic wastewater solids into beneficial biosolids.
"Completing the Cycle" – a 30-minute program designed solely for cable casting on the City's City View Channel 35. The host of the program interviews plant and farm personnel concerning their roles in the production and land application of beneficial biosolids.