Sunday, May 21, 2006


Liquid human waste sequestering has been approved.
A special thanks to the following people:
APPROVED- Harvey Packard-RWQCB
APPROVED- BarryTolle-County Building and Planning
APPROVED-Laurie Salo-County Public Health
Permit is in hand.


Blogger *PG-13 said...

Congratulations Steve!!!

Uh, what exactly does this really mean? Other than a really cool individual engineering response? Does this resolve and satisfy your exposure to whatever may come of the CDO's and associated penalties? Does this cover you against any and all penalties until a sewer is finally built whereupon you will still be required to plug in and pay? Any other benefits?

11:15 AM, May 24, 2006  
Blogger Sewertoons said...

So Steve, I think we'd all like to know, what is it going to cost (if I am not being too snoopy here).

9:44 PM, May 24, 2006  
Blogger Steve Paige said...

PG-13 To answer your question. Along with approval came somewhat a disclaimer that the legal issues against my property as well as everybody else’s, are still unknown. As you know, the 45 CDO's were postponed because of air pollution , leach field failure issues, and legal team fairness questions.

Regardless, as a Passive Solar and Green Builder since 1976 I applied my intellectual energy to solving the problem and taking on some personal accountability about my on site waste handling until a 'sustainable and economic' sewer plant is designed and built. TRI-W did not meet sustainable core value analysis. By directive in December of 2005 SWRCB adopted 'sustainability and economics' as core values in plant design to be consistent with EPA smart growth directives.

The County will have it's hands tied if LAFCO dissolves the CSD. Their legal exposure if they continue with the TRI-W project is problematical. Why?
They will have to go by the book relative to Prop 218 and they will have to measure reconsidering the plant against 'sustainability' criteria.

With this in mind, I have taken steps to remedy my personal impact on the environment until a solution is found.
Remember, the LOCSD has had only 1/3 the time the County had to solve the problem, only nine years.

What I think is tragic is that we have not had a septic management and accountability program here and the County allowed rampant growth after the moratorium was imposed. You really think the County can manage this situation better? Look at their track record here.

6:17 AM, May 25, 2006  
Blogger Mike Green said...

Good Job Steve!

7:43 AM, May 26, 2006  
Blogger *PG-13 said...

This post to the blog is pretty late to the dance. As am I to the politics of the sewer. Better late than never I suppose ....

Sewertoons > I think we'd all like to know, what is it going to cost...

I'm interested too. Not so much in total bottom line numbers, as these will always be specific to a particular site and installation, but in the general costs of completing the various stages of (re)design and implementation. For example, what are the specific stages of the project and what does it take in time, dollars, redesign, permiting, construction and life-style mods to make something like this work? Your case makes for a good proof-of-concept trial that may prove valuable to the rest of us.

Steve > Regardless, as a Passive Solar and Green Builder since 1976 ...

I too have had a long and great interest in solar, green and appropriate technology solutions. So I compliment you on your commitment and your success. I would be interested in hearing about other things you have done over the years - here in Los Osos or elsewhere. As you point out, there is more to living sensibly (and sustainably) than just where we flush our crap. What works for you? Care to share more of the bigger picture? TIA

8:31 AM, June 02, 2006  
Blogger Spectator said...

Ahh good! Please build it an let us know. Congrats!

10:38 PM, June 23, 2006  
Blogger Spectator said...

For the rest of the people on this site, other than Steve who is showing personal responsibility, I have one question: What happens with the bankruptcy of the LOCSD?

There is another question: Will Steve be allowed not to connect to the sewer system, or will he face fines forcing him to comply?

There is even another question: How much will it cost him to fight the CCRWQCB if they decide that he must hook up?

Remember, boards regulate. They do not negotiate. We shall see, but I applaud Steve for his actions. I want to see the system.

10:45 PM, June 23, 2006  
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