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The Nexus of Wastewater Treatment and Energy Production

2:45 pm, Tour of Two Facilities:
Calpine’s Russel City Energy Center (RCEC)
City of Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF)

5:00 pm, Dinner:
Acqua E Farina - 22622 Main St, Hayward, CA 94541


Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Location: 3700 Enterprise Ave, Hayward, CA 94545

*Park at Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF); as a group, we will proceed to Calpine’s Russel City Energy Center (RCEC) for the first hour, then return to WPCF property for the second hour of the tour.

Calpine Russel City Energy Center and Hayward Water Pollution Control Facility

Address: 3700 Enterprise Ave, Hayward, CA 94545

Note: Google Maps does not point exactly to the meeting location. Please use the map below. Once on Enterprise Ave, use the unmarked gate near the dead end of Enterprise Ave as shown on the map. Proceed to the parking area as indicated.

Please arrive by 2:45 pm and wait in the parking area. Tour will start promptly at 3:00 pm.

Park at Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF); as a group, we will proceed to Calpine’s Russel City Energy Center (RCEC) for the first hour, then return to WPCF property for the second hour of the tour.

Come explore the nexus of wastewater treatment and energy production! The two facilities are neighbors along the Hayward shoreline. RCEC is an efficient, combined-cycle electric generating facility with advanced air emissions control technologies. RCEC is capable of serving the needs of 600,000 households. RCEC uses natural gas for fuel and represents a 90% reduction of emissions and is 40% more fuel efficient than older, fossil-fueled generating facilities in the Bay Area. RCEC further treats effluent water from Hayward’s WPCF for use as cooling water, making it a zero liquid discharge facility. WPCF is a secondary wastewater treatment facility with trickling filters, and on-site co-generator that uses methane from biosolids to power the whole wastewater treatment plant. WPCF sends some of its treated effluent to Calpine for use as cooling water at RCEC.

RCEC requires guests to sign a Calpine Visitor Agreement Form

Please print, sign, and bring the completed form with you on the day of the tour!

Tour Size/Spots: One 2-hour tour limited to 40 people.

Confirmation of Tour Spot: Confirmation email will be sent on or before May 16, 2017.

Time: Arrive by 2:45 pm. Tour will start promptly at 3:00 pm. Bring your signed Visitor Agreement.

Clothing Requirements: Sturdy Closed-Toe Shoes, Long Pants

Parking: Parking at the facility is limited. Carpooling is encouraged.

Registration: RSVP by May 15, 2017. Tour spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 5:00 No-Host Bar

  • 6:30 Dinner Served

  • 7:00 General Meeting & Presentation

    • Review a successful application of decision support modeling to a highly controversial and structurally similar problem, namely the development of a decommissioning policy for oil platforms off the coast of Southern California.

Location: Acqua E Farina 22622 Main St, Hayward, CA 94541

Parking: Hayward Municipal Lot #2 1042 B St, Hayward, CA 94541
Hayward Municipal Lot #3 22641 Main St, Hayward, CA 94541

Following the tours of the Russel City Energy Center (RCEC) & Hayward’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF), join us at Acqua E Farina in downtown Hayward. Attendees are invited to enjoy a social hour and no-host bar starting at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm, followed by a presentation by Aaron Mead, Ph.D., P.E., managing engineer at Exponent.


Deciding Together:
Collaborative Decision Modeling in Sustainable Groundwater Management

Aaron Mead, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer – Environmental & Earth Sciences Practice
Exponent Inc.

Dr. Mead has over 21 years of experience solving a broad range of water resource engineering problems by conducting hydrodynamic, hydrologic, water quality, groundwater, and geomorphic analyses. Dr. Mead holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Stanford and a Ph.D. in philosophy from UCLA with a specialty in ethical theory.

Presentation Focus: California’s recent Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to “consider the interests of all beneficial uses and users of groundwater” in developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) (§10723.2). Users of groundwater may be as diverse as representatives of the agricultural industry, landowners with overlying pumping rights, municipal water suppliers, and recreational users of interconnected surface water. Given the divergent concerns of these parties, the development of GSPs is expected to involve difficult tradeoffs and to be highly controversial. If GSAs are not able to move past this controversy, the result could be expensive and time-consuming legal proceedings or state intervention.

Because of the potential for controversy and conflict, SGMA encourages stakeholders to take a collaborative, consensus-driven approach to the development of GSPs. Decision support models are ideally suited to facilitate this collaborative approach to GSP development. This presentation will:

Present a demonstration decision support model for a hypothetical groundwater basin to show how decision support tools can be applied in developing GSPs.

Earlier Event: March 23
General Membership Meeting and Tour
Later Event: August 21
Garry Lee Memorial Golf Tournament