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Check out this page for news and updates of the many projects being done by MCSD, including but not limited to: RFP/RFQ's, CEQA Documents, picture updates, etc. 

BMX Track & Park

Our Parks & Recreation Department was awarded a Prop. 68 Statewide Park Development Grant on December 8, 2021, which will provide $2,331,375 to build a BMX Track and new Park on our Washington Property. This property is 3 acres in size and is located between Washington and School Roads. 

The new park will have an inclusive playground, restrooms, outdoor basketball and pickleball courts, a parking lot and landscaping in addition to the BMX Track and concession stand.

Melton Design Group, Inc. has been awarded the design engineering contract for this project.  The design phase will take place through the first part of 2023. Once the design engineering is complete we will seek construction contract bids. This new park is expected to be completed before March of 2025.

Grant Contract and CEQA documents for this project are below:

CEQA NOE Recorded DocumentMCSD BMX Grant Contract

 

 

MCSD Microgrid Project

Construction for the Microgrid  project began in 2020 and is nearing completion. As shown with the photo below, progress is being made on the construction of the solar array for the Wastewater Management Facility. This project was funded by a grant/loan from the Stat Water Resources Control Board Energy Efficiency Grant Program. The solar array and batteries will form a microgrid that will be able to power the entire plant. This will save the District roughly ten thousand in electrical costs every month. These savings will convert into savings for all the rate payers. Construction is expected to be completed by this June.

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Tesla Battery Storage Project

In early 2021 we began working with Tesla on a batter pack storage installed at our Ramey Water Pump Station and our Fischer Wastewater Lift Station.The Ramey Pump Station, located on North Bank Road, is our main water pump station, which takes the water from Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District from across the river and pumps it up to all of our storage tanks and the rest of the water distribution system.  The Fischer Lift Station is our main sewer pump station that takes a large portion of the wastewater generated in McKinleyville and pumps it up to the Wastewater Management Facility.  These are critical pieces of infrastructure required to make sure you have water to drink and so you can flush your toilet.  Both of these facilities have emergency generators to operate them if we lose power, but now they also have Tesla batteries as backup power.  Not only will the batteries run the stations for over a day if we lose power, but they can also shave power during PG&E Peak periods, which just changed to between 4 and 9 pm.  The peak power shaving should result in savings of around $30,000/year, which directly translates into rate savings for our customers.  The batteries are around 140kW and are the pretty white things in the picture (along with an inverter).

 

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MCSD Sewer and Water Master Plan

Please view the final MCSD Sewer and Water Master Plans here

Please view the final MCSD Sewer and Water Master Plans here

MCSD SEWER Master Plan

 

4.5 Million Gallon Water Tank Progect

This project will add a new water storage tank to the existing water distribution system. Below you will find the notice of intent to Adopt Mitigated Negative Declaration as well as draft public document of the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration.

This project will add a new water storage tank to the existing water distribution system. Below you will find the notice of intent to Adopt Mitigated Negative Declaration as well as draft public document of the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration.

MCSD 4.5 MG Tank IS-MNDRecorded NOI

 

Mad River Floodplain and Public Access Enhancement Project

This project was initiated to address the decommissiong and reclamation of the Percolation Ponds that are used to discharge treated wastewater under the District's Wastewater Authority. Below you will find the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and attachments.

This project was initiated to address the decommissiong and reclamation of the Percolation Ponds that are used to discharge treated wastewater under the District's Wastewater Authority. Below you will find the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and attachments.

Mad River Floodplain and Public Access Enhancement Project MND

Check out this video of this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9BOJUCfkzY

 

Hiller Sewer Lift Station Upgrade

Beginning June 29th and continuing until mid August, the upgrade of the Hiller Sewer Lift Station will include the removal of the underground Package Station and installing submersible pumps over the wetwell to improve energy efficency and save operational costs. This will take place adjacent to the Hammond Trail near Hiller Park and the Wastwater Managemetn Facility. (see map)

 

Community Forest Acquisition

The Community Forest Acquisition from Green Diamond Resource Co. is moving forward.  MCSD is currently working with GDRC to identify a 3rd access point to be included as an easement in the title transfer.  Public input was sought regarding 6 potential access points.  Using input from the community and data from GDRC potential access points will be narrowed down so that feasibility and estimated costs associated with development can be studied prior to making a final decision.