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by Ciaran Gallagher, CivicSpark Fellow

“If we’re doing our job right, you don’t notice us because it doesn’t smell.” David, the Manager of Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) explained the key to the facilities’ success to us. Us being two CivicSpark Fellows working for the City of Hayward for the next year and the Solid Waste Program Manager, Jeff Krump, on a tour of the wastewater treatment plant in Hayward’s backyard. But as we walked across the expansive site, we quickly realized that wastewater treatment is much more complicated than that. Chemicals, microorganisms, maintaining equipment, and physics of water flow – these are daily concerns at the WPCF.

By Ciaran Gallagher, CivicSpark Fellow

What will the high tide look like in 2050 considering the rising seas? Looking at GIS maps or making a visual estimate from a normal high tide is nothing like seeing the actual water inundation. When the moon is closest to the earth, it is called a supermoon and its gravitational pull creates high tides known as King Tides. These typically occur in December and January and give us a glimpse of what a normal high tide in 2050 will look like.

By Ciaran Gallagher, Civic Spark Fellow

By Bert Weiss, Hayward’s Utilities Operation and Maintenance Manager
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