Staying True to Our Mission

Post Date:06/19/2019 9:32 AM

We work hard every day to protect public health and the environment and according to the Marine Monitoring Annual Report, we can proudly say that OCSD’s discharge of final effluent to coastal water has had no significant effect on either the marine environment or risks to human health. 

The report that was released by OCSD for 2017-18 fiscal year details the monitoring efforts and the many tests that our ocean monitoring and laboratory teams run to make sure that our oceans are in top shape. Our Ocean Team monitors ocean water quality and fish and invertebrate community health in the area of our treated wastewater discharge.  They ensure that ocean water quality and marine life communities exposed to the effluent discharge are similar to unexposed sites.  Some invertebrates are more adversely affected by pollution than others and are considered “pollution sensitive,” while others are less affected and are considered as “pollution tolerant.”  The presence or absence of these critters is an indicator of community health and so are a valuable part of our environmental health assessment.  The Ocean Team also take fish tissue and ocean bottom samples which are analyzed for contaminants by our Laboratory Team. 

The 2017-18 report details the monitoring efforts and the many tests that our ocean monitoring and laboratory teams run to make sure that our oceans are in top shape. With concentrations of metals and organic contaminants well below the levels of concern, and an abundance of invertebrate and fish life around the outfall, it is clear that the exhaustive monitoring and testing has paid off.  Want to learn more, read the current Marine Monitoring Annual Report.


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