Wastewater Treatment and Effluent Percolation System Upgrade

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Fortuna
Document Title
Wastewater Treatment and Effluent Percolation System Upgrade
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
City Wastewater Treatment Plant and adjoining vacant land
Document Description
The “Wastewater Treatment and Effluent Percolation System Upgrade” project consists of development of a treated effluent subsurface percolation field on the western side of the Eel River, and supporting infrastructure upgrade of the City’s existing developed WWTP site. The new percolation facility is located approximately 2,800 feet from the water’s edge during low flow conditions. This site is more than 15 times further from the river than the existing percolation ponds and thus has much greater hydrologic separation from the Eel River. Under the proposed project, treated effluent would be pumped from the existing treatment plant under the Eel River through a new, directionally-drilled pipeline. A new pump station and piping modifications at the treatment plant would be required, along with a network of subsurface percolation pipes at the percolation site. The City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is regulated under the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCRWQCB) Order No. R1-2017-0005. The City obtained funding through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for planning of the project. The objective of the project is to address compliance issues related to the disposal of treated effluent and construct a new disposal system to replace the historic May 15th through September 30th use of the existing percolation ponds at the City’s plant and avoid the potential connection to the Eel River during the discharge prohibition period.

Contact Information

Liz Shorey
Agency Name
City of Fortuna
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
City of Fortuna
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Northern California
Cross Streets
Dinsmore Drive in Fortuna; Pleasant Point Road and Renner Lane in Humboldt Co.
Total Acres
Parcel #
106-041-016, 106-091-030, -040, 200-352-004, 200-353-028
State Highways
Northwestern Pacific
Rohnerville Airport
Fortuna High School, Fortuna Middle School
Eel River, Strongs Creek
2 & 3

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Eureka Region 1 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance
Development Types
Waste Treatment:Sewer (New subsurface percolation field)(MGD No increase )
Local Actions
Grading Permit, Other
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Tribal Cultural Resources, Wildlife


Disclaimer: The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) accepts no responsibility for the content or accessibility of these documents. To obtain an attachment in a different format, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613. For more information, please visit OPR’s Accessibility Site.

Download CSV Download All Attachments New Search Print