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SEWAGE GOING TO EDWARDS? CIVIC LEADERS OPPOSE IDEA.



Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer

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 ways to increase sewage-treatment capacity, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  County officials refuse to rule out the possibility of using Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway.  land and say whatever option is selected will likely raise rates for homeowners.

In a meeting Thursday night, civic leaders urged Los Angeles County Sanitation District 14 to drop any thoughts of using Edwards land for new sewage treatment Sewage treatment

Unit processes used to separate, modify, remove, and destroy objectionable, hazardous, and pathogenic substances carried by wastewater in solution or suspension in order to render the water fit and safe for intended uses.
 ponds. Sanitation district officials said they recognize Edwards' importance but will continue to look at the possibility of leasing base property.

``We have to have a fair hearing on all options,'' said Gary Yoshida, assistant department head for financial management and grants administration.

Sanitation districts are studying how to expand the Lancaster treatment plant because of continuing population growth, upcoming stiffer water quality requirements, and a 2005 deadline to keep overflows from spilling onto Edwards' Rosamond Dry Lake.

Sanitation officials say the plant will reach maximum capacity by 2007.

Options being considered for inclusion in an environmental study include leasing Edwards land, purchasing private property near the base, or trying to increase use of treated sewage effluent for irrigating landscaping or farmland.

Whatever option is selected will likely bump up the $67-a-year charge homeowners in Lancaster and portions of Palmdale have now.

``We are faced with significant increases in user charges,'' Yoshida said.

Sanitation officials plan to complete the environmental study and select an option by early 2004.

Thursday night's meeting drew Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.

The Antelope Valley
 leaders opposed to any use of Edwards land as well as people who believe Edwards should be part of the solution, including bird and wildlife advocates wanting to see the expansion of Edwards wetlands known as Piute Ponds.

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adj. marsh·i·er, marsh·i·est
1. Of, resembling, or characterized by a marsh or marshes; boggy.

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 area of shallow pools fed by the sewage treatment plant, are home to large numbers of waterfowl waterfowl, common term for members of the order Anseriformes, wild, aquatic, typically freshwater birds including ducks, geese, and screamers. In Great Britain the term is also used to designate species kept for ornamental purposes on private lakes or ponds, while in  and other creatures. In rainy years, water overflows from the ponds onto nearby Rosamond Dry Lake, irritating Air Force officials who want to preserve the lake bed as an emergency landing site.

A leading opponent of any use of Edwards land is state Sen. W.J. ``Pete'' Knight, R-Palmdale, a retired test pilot and former Edwards vice commander. Using Edwards land, Knight believes, would prompt similar requests from other agencies, resulting in base territory being nibbled away and making Edwards more susceptible to the possibility of closure or loss of programs.

``Once you start, you can't stop the encroachment An illegal intrusion in a highway or navigable river, with or without obstruction. An encroachment upon a street or highway is a fixture, such as a wall or fence, which illegally intrudes into or invades the highway or encloses a portion of it, diminishing its width or area, but ,'' Knight said.

Joining Knight in voicing opposition to the use of Edwards land were Assemblywoman Sharon Runner Sharon Runner (born May 17 1954, Los Angeles) is a Californian politician. She has been a member of the California State Assembly since 2002. Runner, a Republican from Antelope Valley represents the 36th district. , R-Lancaster, Lancaster city officials and representatives of the Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce.

Other Antelope Valley residents said Edwards must be part of the solution, either for ecological or financial reasons. One suggestion was expanding Piute Ponds.

``We ask for wetlands to be included as part of the solution,'' said Mike San Miguel San Miguel (sän mēgĕl`), city (1993 pop. 118,214), E El Salvador, at the foot of San Miguel volcano (6,996 ft/2,132 m). It has textile, rope, and dairy-products industries. The region produces cotton, henequen, and vegetable oil. , a member of Citizens for Piute Wetlands.

San Miguel suggested that not only should the wetlands be expanded, but also that access for nature lovers could be enhanced through a trail network incorporated into the wetlands.

Proponents of the Edwards lease proposal say it would be less expensive and ultimately less costly to sewage district customers than purchasing private land.

Acquiring large amounts of land would likely require going to court in eminent domain eminent domain, the right of a government to force the owner of private property sell it if it is needed for a public use. The right is based on the doctrine that a sovereign state has dominion over all lands and buildings within its borders, which has its origins in  proceedings to compel owners to sell, and that would be expensive, with some preliminary estimates as high as $30 million to $40 million, according to according to
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 county sanitation officials.

The sanitation district is looking at six options - two involving the purchase of private property, two involving the leasing of Edwards land, and two that would rely solely on agricultural and municipal recycling of treated effluent. All options involve some level of using recycled water on farmland or city property such as street landscaping.

The six options can be divided into two categories - those that would allow treated effluent to overflow in winter onto Rosamond Dry Lake and those that call for no overflows.

For acquiring private property, the sanitation district is looking at two possible locations - one immediately south of Edwards, bordered by avenues D and G, and 50th and 100th streets east, and one roughly bounded by Avenue E and Avenue A, and 70th and 45th streets west.

Depending on the extent of authorized winter overflows, storage ponds would cover 510 to 1,070 acres.

Each reservoir would have an area of approximately 40 acres and a water depth of about 10 feet. Reservoirs would either be lined with compacted clay or a synthetic liner.

If no overflows are authorized, the district would need to acquire or lease 1,070 acres.

Depending on the option selected, the district would need to acquire between 2,430 acres and 7,220 acres of land for agricultural operations.

Sanitation officials have talked with the Air Force about leasing 4 square miles A square mil is a unit of area, equal to the area of a square with sides of length one mil. A mil is one thousandth of an international inch. This unit of area is usually used in specifying the area of the cross section of a wire or cable.  of vacant land on the base's southwest corner.

Any such lease agreement would require approval from the Pentagon and the sanitation district's three-member board of directors.

The Lancaster plant has the capacity to handle about 12 million gallons of sewage a day, but will need to handle 22.2 million to 25.7 million gallons per day by 2020 to deal with anticipated population growth.

District officials said the Edwards land, if they were to lease it, would not be enough, and that the ultimate solution will be a plan that includes agricultural use and municipal recycling.

Lancaster officials are working on a proposal initially to use 1.5 million gallons of recycled water to irrigate ir·ri·gate
v.
To wash out a cavity or wound with a fluid.
 street median landscaping. Treated water from the plant has gone for years to Apollo Park, where it fills the park's three lakes Three Lakes may refer to: Cities, towns, townships etc.
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2 photos

Photo:

(1) Treated sewage from the Lancaster treatment plant spills onto Rosamond Dry Lake in an Edwards Air Force Base file photo.

U.S. Air Force

(2) An angler angler, common name for a member of the family Ceratiidae, European and American bottom-dwelling predacious fishes. The angler lies on the bottom and lures its prey with a long, wormlike appendage that extends forward and dangles over its mouth.  fishes in Apollo Park Lake, which for years has taken treated water from the Lancaster plant.

Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer
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