Wastewater plant in park faces review 

Some of The City’s most active watchdogs plan to weigh in today on a proposal to build a $109 million, two-story wastewater treatment plant in Golden Gate Park.

The Planning Department is holding a scoping session on the project at 7 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center.

The recycled-water project, if approved, would redirect wastewater from Ocean Beach’s treatment plant to a new plant at the four-acre site near 47th and Lincoln avenues, replacing the remains of one that was built there in the 1930s. The new plant would chlorinate and treat wastewater beyond state standards to irrigate Golden Gate Park and golf courses, replacing up to 4 million gallons a day.

The Sierra Club has slammed the project as an “inappropriate” way to spend money, because Golden Gate Park already uses groundwater to hydrate its 1,000 acres instead of The City’s drinking supply, which is mostly Hetch Hetchy snowmelt.

The Sierra Club said The City should consider overhauling its outdated water-pipe system before building an expensive new facility.

The Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods, which doesn’t oppose the project, plans to ask planning officials to consider alternative locations and raise concerns at the meeting over how it might affect the park’s aesthetics.

After an environmental impact report is released, most likely in about a year, there will be more opportunity for public comment before the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission decides whether to build the facility.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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